How important is prayer? Prayer is the lifeline of the Christian faith, our way to talk to God and find help when life is hard. What was the last prayer God answered in your life? Last week? Was it a year ago? Has God been silent lately? Today we will see how to Abide in the Power of Prayer to Be Still with God and find that Solitude is a big part of that formula.
Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
To Be Still and Know God you must abide in Him
As we began this last portion of our 40-day Devotional on Being Still we saw what it means to Abide in Christ
John 15:1-11 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
What does abide mean in the bible? The Greek word menō is used in our text and it means: remain, abide, dwell, continue, tarry, endure, to wait for.
Then we saw there are at least 8 Ways to Abide in Christ from our text in John 15. The first portion of the text said to abide in God’s Word to Be Still but abiding in the Word of God is only part of abiding in God’s Love. We serve a God of relationships who longs to know and be known and relationships require two-way communication. God wants us to talk to Him and so He also says Abide in Prayer.We serve a God of relationships who longs to know and be known and relationships require two-way communication. God wants us to talk to Him and so He also says Abide in Prayer. Click To Tweet
To Abide in Christ requires a two-way communication strategy: Abiding in God’s Word is God communicating with us as Believers. Prayer is you communicating with God.To Abide in Christ requires a two-way communication strategy: Abiding in God's Word is God communicating with us as Believers. Prayer is you communicating with God. Click To Tweet
What is prayer? Talking to God. How can I be strong in prayer? Pray. Pray about everything. Praying makes you a strong prayer warrior!
What does the Bible say about praying?
Matthew 6:5-6 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
What does Jesus say about prayer?
- Prayer is not for people to hear, it’s for God to hear.
- God does hear your prayers.
- God will answer your prayers.
As I’ve gone through dry seasons and hard seasons the issue of my prayer life has been front and center. My initial questions were:
How can I improve my relationship with God? What does it mean to draw near to God?
What I tried at first was more religion. More involvement at church, more Bible Study, more business. And what happened? More distance from God and dryness.
It wasn’t until I saw the Power of Prayer in Jesus Life that I realized I had made a critical mistake in skipping prayer.It wasn't until I saw the Power of Prayer in Jesus Life that I realized I had made a critical mistake in skipping prayer. Click To Tweet
1. God is not interested in religion. God is interested in relationships
Prayer is a sign of a relationship with God. How is your prayer life? Do you long to spend time talking to God?God is not interested in religion. God is interested in relationships! Prayer is a sign of a relationship with God. How is your prayer life? Click To Tweet
I can’t wait to tell God “Good morning”, when I wake up. We sit and chat through a few cups of coffee each morning, I share the hard things, the joyful things, the annoying things all throughout the day.
Prayer is communication with God.
How is your relationship with God today?
Have you been feeling dry and distant? Take a look at your prayer life if you want to see a change.
How can you make your prayer life effective?
Pray like Jesus. Jesus took time to pray, He made time alone with God a priority. We see Jesus get away from the people and the crowds to invest in the most important relationship of His life.
Abiding in prayer, spending time daily in prayer, remaining in prayer, is powerful!
When you abide in the Power of Prayer throughout your day you are connected to God, your source of power, hope, joy, and strength.
2. Not only Did Jesus Prioritize prayer, but Jesus also Prayed scripture
There is Supernatural Power in praying Scripture. We’ve talked about it before, but when you pray God’s Word you are praying God’s will. Those are prayers God will answer Yes!
You ask: Teach me how to pray the word of God
- List the area you need prayer
- Google “Bible Verses about” that area
- Read the verses and find a few that match
- Write the verses out as prayers.
Praying the Word of God back to Him is not hard, but it does take time.
3. Jesus also stated the benefits of abiding in the Lord through Prayer
You will have what you ask for when you abide in prayer. We see this stated throughout scripture.
- 1 John 5:14 Have confidence in prayer because He hears us.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 Pray with humility and He will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
- Psalm 17:6 God will answer
- Romans 12:12 Be devoted to prayer,
- Philippians 4:6 Pray about Everything
4. Jesus showed us that Solitude is part of Abiding in Prayer
Take a good look at the Life of Jesus and you will see a busy ministry. Jesus was surrounded by people and needs and could easily have made excuses about His personal study and prayer life. He never did. Jesus went without sleep and food before He went without time with God.
Something we have to see is that Jesus said go into your closet to pray. Pray alone. Get alone with God.
How often are you really alone?
For me, it’s Never. I am never alone.
Do you have a cell phone? Someone is always texting or IM’ing. Facebook or IG is always a click away.
Even in the car, I have the radio playing.
The sound of silence is a little frightening.
But… how will we hear God’s voice if we are always bombarded with noise? God has this still small voice that you really have to listen carefully to hear. It’s almost like you need to train your ears to hear God speak.
So I am a fan of Prayer and I believe “Whatever you ask in my name” and “when you pray believe”… but prayer and solitude stretch me a bit.
But I want God to answer and I want to hear when God answers. And we already saw that Jesus was the perfect example of How to Be Still. So if I want to learn how to Abide in Christ I need to get used to intentionally adding in some time in solitude.How will we hear God's voice if we are always bombarded with noise? God has this still small voice that you really have to listen carefully to hear. It's almost like you need to train your ears to hear God speak. Click To Tweet
Prayer and Solitude requires intentional Planning
Solitude, real stillness without people or noise, does not just happen for most of us. I have to plan time to go for a 10-minute walk with my phone off. Intentional Planning.
The Benefits of solitude and Prayer are amazing
Focused time talking to God and waiting for Him to answer bring clarity, answers, and peace!
It takes practice to be Still in this way but the benefits are so amazing!
A Prayer to Abide in the Power of Prayer and Solitude
I come today to admit my need of Your help. I don’t know how to pray, what to pray about what words to use or even where to begin some days. Teach me to Pray in Power. Change the desires of my heart to line up with Your Word as I practice abiding in Christ every day. Renew my mind, mold my heart and cleanse my soul.
Make me a woman of prayer, praying every day all the time about everything. Help me to pray about the hard things more than I complain about them as I seek to Be Still and know God more.