There is a storm gathering in the Ukraine. Political upheaval has left the country in a state of instability. Russia is threatening military action in Crimea. The world is sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what will happen. As God’s people, our first response to this situation should be to pray. The question is, how do we pray in times like this? Author/teacher Martha Kilpatrick provides us with some valuable insights.
When you think about prayer, what it is the first thing that comes to mind? For a lot of people, their view of prayer is somewhat different than what is portrayed in Scripture. What you and I think about prayer makes all the difference. In this post I would like to discuss what prayer is not.
Nowhere in Scripture are we ever told to “build the Kingdom of God” here on earth. There are preachers and teachers that will say that, but nowhere do we find this idea supported in the Word of God. God’s Kingdom is the exercise of God’s authority. It is God reigning. And because His reign is firmly established and will never come to an end, it cannot be contested or improved upon. It can, however, be extended. There are three primary ways we can work with the Lord to extend His reign. Can you guess what they are?
We have all experienced the frustration of unanswered prayer. We pray and pray and pray about a situation, but it seems no one is listening. In fact, if we want to be really honest, many times it seems like more prayers go unanswered than get answered. Why is that? Let me see if I can help us out…
Sometimes I think we forget the Lord is also our Heavenly Father. As such, He is concerned about every aspect of our lives, even the little things. Let’s face it, He is the one that has taken the time to number the hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30). Let me share a couple of recent testimonies of how the Lord has concerned Himself with some of the “little things” in our lives.