Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Useful by Prayer

Useful by Prayer

“I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. When my  spirit grows faint  within me, it is you who know my way.” (Psalm 142:1-3)

“In order for God to make you greatly useful, He must teach you how to pray.” (Charles H. Spurgeon) Do you believe that God intends for you to be greatly useful in His Kingdom?

We know from Paul that we are His “workmanship [or work of art], created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10b) Peter wrote, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) Jeremiah shared on God’s behalf, “’For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)

There are seasons of life in which the perspective and sense of purpose of a believer can be eroded and he or she can be fatigued. In addition, believers can become impatient, irritable and even weary. Have the cultural, political, medical, economic and spiritual events of 2020 caused you to shift in this direction?

David endured hardship when he was in a cave. Psalm 142 shows that he cried out to God in prayer. Perhaps when we find ourselves in such a “cave,” and are worn down, God is giving opportunity to pray because He wants us to be greatly useful. Spurgeon commented further,

“In order for God to make you greatly useful, He must teach you how to pray….If you can be great without prayer, your greatness will be your ruin. If God means to bless you greatly, He will make you pray greatly, as He did with David, who [prayed Psalm 142] while in the cave….The person whom God will greatly honor must always believe in God, even when he is at his wits’ end.”

Don’t lose faith. Believe and pray. God plans to bless and honor you greatly. He will make you greatly useful. He will give you training and opportunity. He must not only teach you how to pray, but make you pray greatly.

May God use current circumstances to make us pray greatly so we will be greatly useful to Him and for his glory. Let’s even celebrate Independence Day by crying out to God in prayer that we will continue to be greatly useful as a nation.

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care