Why do we pray? What do we receive that can only come through prayer?

Did you know that God has a lot He would like to speak to us about? To speak to you and me personally. Do you know that He daily reaches out to speak to us and interact with us about normal everyday life issues that we face?

I didn’t always recognize how often God speaks to us, frequently through the still small voice that can sometimes make you think it was just your own thoughts, so you might have learned to ignore them, since often the flesh or soulish part of us will immediately say, “NO THANKS!” to things God often speaks to us, because God’s Word always serves to KILL THE FLESH!

Over the past year, my understanding of prayer deepened with the realization that God really does have a heart to speak directly to each and every one of us daily about everyday things that are on our hearts and His. And it is that personal, conscious interaction that is central to our ability to operate in the authority and power He has commissioned for us, if we will only learn to listen. But “listening” happens in the spirit, not necessarily our physical ears (although hearing an audible voice does happen on occasion).

I want to suggest to you, that prayer (which I would understand includes times of private and intimate moments of praise and worship) is where we go to receive the peace of God THROUGH A DIVINE EXCHANGE that enables the presence of the Holy Spirit to come upon us with power.

Philippians 4:4–7 states:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. [Gentle Spirit =>not pushy like the enemy NOR 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Prayer is an EXCHANGE between us and God.

We give Him our anxious thoughts, fears, worries, and apathy even, and He gives us His peace.

BUT, if you go into the prayer closet anxious and come out anxious, you really haven’t prayed, you’ve just complained!

We need His Peace; but We receive it with power only in His presence; because in His presence is where we receive the anointing that brings power; and His Power enables us to bring the authority we have in Him to bear in any given situation for both ourselves and others.

Thus, prayer is where we go to “recharge our batteries” you might say. And, in the same way a cell phone is only useful when its charged; so likewise, we are charged when we are able to keep the altars of our hearts burning by maintaining the fire (power) on that altar so that God’s Spirit can consume the sacrifices placed on it, and in so doing, work powerfully in our lives for the benefit of others.

But we have to LEARN to stay plugged into our power source! In the book of John, Jesus called this our need to abide in Him, just as He abides in the Father. Because, in ourselves we don’t have any power, and we often quench (i.e. stop it up like pinching a hose) or grieve (i.e. by entertaining sin) the Holy Spirit. Thus, we stop the flow of living water (life), which is meant to flow from God through us to and for the benefit of others.

The Great Commission itself includes doing some pretty powerful things, that we can only do if we are walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. We have been commissioned with The Lord’s authority, but only when we abide in Him can the power flow through us to minister to people, in the manner He and the apostles walked and ministered as explained in

Matthew 10:7–8 where it states:

7“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’   8“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

And Paul further states in 1 Corinthians 2:1–5:

1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

We are to be like little radio receivers, who must tune in the God’s frequency that He is transmitting in order to receive and then redistribute all the Love, Blessings, Peace, Power, Healing etc. that God desires to pour out upon a world of people that He truly loves and desires to see come to repentance.

Now a receiver uses an antenna to capture radio waves, processes those waves to extract only those waves that are vibrating at the desired frequency, extracts the audio signals that were added to those waves, amplifies the audio signals, and finally plays them on a speaker.

We have been given the authority to share the Good News in this way, and represent the King, so we are called to do what we see Him doing (He said even greater things we were to do if you can imagine that!)? Just as Yeshua only did what He saw the Father doing, so also, we should do what He did. But there is an important distinction between authority and power.

Consider it this way. A police officer’s authority is represented by his badge, but he carries a weapon on his side because sometimes he encounters situations in which people dismiss his authority (i.e. rebels and evil doers) and the officer must use power to bring that authority he has been given to bear in the situation. Apart from Yeshua (Jesus), we can do nothing, but plugged into Him (i.e. abiding in Him) we can do all things!

Of course, Paul explains in Eph 6:12 that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, powers, and forces of darkness; against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realm.

It’s a spiritual battle; and a spiritual battle REQUIRES PRIOR TIME IN PRAYER TRAINING so that we are prepared for THAT BATTLE when it comes!

Especially for those who desire success in public ministry, it is critical that you spend a significant amount of time in private prayer. REMEMBER THIS SAYING: “Private Prayer is revealed in Public Power.”

If we have no Public Power, it is because we have not first spent the necessary time in Private Prayer.

Now, we know that Yeshua has been given all authority and power over everything, and that He has commissioned us to represent Him in the earth, to share the Good News, and have intimate fellowship with Him. He also sent us the Holy Spirit, to guide and empower us in this effort, but we must learn to LISTEN (to Shema – hear and immediately respond to God’s Voice and instructions).

Listening is going to take effort since its primarily listening in the spirit, not just the physical ear.

In the next take five, I’ll give you several tips to help you begin to tune your receiver to hear God speak to you, which will start with learning how to engage in silence and stillness.

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