Monday, March 12, 2012

Prayer: Is It Our Opportunity or Responsibility in Faith?

(This Relevant Pen Blog Post was brought to us by guest author, Chuck Adams)
In my devotional time I am reading Pastor Jack Hayford’s book “The Power and the Blessing”. He has raised an issue about prayer. Should we be sitting back and waiting for God to bring his plan to closure, or do we have a responsibility to participate? I would not ever describe myself as a prayer warrior. Maybe I need to rethink my world view as defined by God.
Pastor Hayford points out that God’s original plan was for us to “-- replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genisis 1:28  Because of original sin all was changed . We were separated from the intended fellowship he designed, death was introduced, “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1 John 5:19  Nothing has really changed about God’s will for us. He still wants a close relationship with us and the rule of God is being made available to man. Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mathew 4:17 
Jesus taught how we should pray “Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. He tells us that we have an active role to play in his kingdom. Heaven is here and now! We are each responsible to invite God’s rule into our lives through prayer. Without it we forfeit His rule in our circumstances.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. " John 3:3-5
Accepting Christ begins our participation in his kingdom. As we grow in our relationship with him and gain his perspective on our situations we are called to advance his will for the kingdom of God. 

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 

The power is God’s, but the privilege & responsibility to pray is ours!

How do you view your prayer life?