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PRAYER IS NEVER WASTED

Prayer is Never Wasted

by Judith Lawrence

Prayer is never wasted. It always brings transformation. When you really want something and you do not receive it, you tend to believe that your prayer was not answered. Such prayer has a powerful intentionality; and it is true that at times your prayer is not answered in this direct way. You do not receive what you long for. Unknown to you, that prayer has secretly worked on another aspect of the situation and affected a transformation which may become visible only at a later stage. John O’Donahue Eternal Echoes Page 189

The kind of prayers we are talking about here are prayers of supplication—things and conditions for ourselves; and prayers of intercession—things and conditions for others.

We might ask for healing, a job, a better relationship with a friend or spouse, or a manuscript to be accepted by a publisher. Whether these prayers are for ourselves or others they are important to us; but God, who knows all our needs even before we ask, may not answer these prayers in the way we hope or expect. God, unknown to us, may work on another aspect of the situation that will give us so much more than we ever thought possible but maybe not yet.

We must never give up on our prayers. Once we have made our supplication or intercession known to God, it is in God’s heart and hands and will never be let go or forgotten. As it takes time to transform a caterpillar into a butterfly so it takes time to bring the necessary transformation into our beings in order that our prayers can be answered completely and effectively.

Judith Lawrence

Judith  lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation at http://judith-lawrence.blogspot.com and records a podcast meditation monthly.

THANKSGIVING FOR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES (PART 5)

This is the last in a series on praying for our governments by T. L. Wiens. You can read the others at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4)

Thanksgiving for Governing Authorities (Part 5)

by T. L Wiens

It’s easy to give thanks for God’s goodness in our lives. A bit harder to find things to give thanks for when it comes to governing authorities. At a time when our country seems to be on a slippery slope of antichrist policy, the last thing on my mind is giving thanks for the leadership of the day.

It’s hard to find a specific prayer of thanksgiving for governing authorities but we see in David’s actions towards Saul, the respect and love for an authority even when Saul wanted to kill David.

2 Samuel 1 shows an eulogy of praise for Saul from David:

“They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?”
“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.
David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”
Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’”
David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):
“A gazelle lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty have fallen!
“Tell it not in Gath,
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.
“Mountains of Gilboa,
may you have neither dew nor rain,
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.
“From the blood of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
Saul and Jonathan—
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.
“Daughters of Israel,
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold”(2 Samuel 1:12-24 NIV).

These words echo the times David bowed to Saul’s authority and accepted his position of king.

I know my attitude towards my government needs adjusting when I look at these passages.

I know my prayers for my government will change after looking at these prayer models. I need to make sure I’m making supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving for those men and women who take on the task of leading our country. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance and my obedience, prayers for authorities and governing officials can become an effective part of my prayer life.

And I also read in Colossians:

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians: 1:15-16 NIV).

SUPPLICATIONS FOR GOVERNING AUTHORITIES (PART 2)

Last Monday T. L. Wiens began her journey into how and why we need to pray for our governments)

Supplications for Governing Authorities (Part 2 )

by T. L Wiens

The definition of supplication is:

1. To ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying.

2. To make a humble entreaty to; beseech.

Other words that came up with were favour, grace, supply. From this, I think prayers of supplication are what are often referred to as requests. I need to make requests for the governing authorities.

Ezra 8:21-23 (NIV) tells of a prayer of supplication:

“There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions.  I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.”  So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.”

I think for most of us, prayers of supplication dominate our prayer life. I know for me, I’m daily going to God with a need and He supplies.

To be continued next Monday.

PRAYING FOR GOVERNMENTS

Praying for Governments

by T. L. Wiens

I must confess to having a hard time praying for political leaders when I dislike so many of the policies they instate. But it is a command.

David of the Bible demonstrated respect for King Saul in ways that to me often seemed to go beyond reasonable. David understood that God appointed Saul and therefore, as God’s appointed, David had an obligation to respect that.

And today, like Saul and David were appointed Kings over Israel by God’s authority, our leaders are appointed by God.

Romans 13:1 (NIV)tells us so.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

I Timothy 2:1-4 (KJ) says:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Not only do I need to pray but I need to give supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanks. That’s a tough request when I struggle with political agendas and policies that are contrary to all I believe to be Truth. Surely God doesn’t want me to agree with these things that are contrary to His Word?

What are supplications, prayers intercessions and thanks? It is clear that I must investigate these to truly understand how to be obedient to God’s command in this area.

To be continued next Monday.