Hello dear readers!
Last week I told you one of my stories with God and how I came to stop here in this blog. Then I received in my Instagram several messages about the post “Where is your heart at?”, through which I saw, through comments and testimonies, many people being impacted by the Holy Spirit.
Among the messages, I was asked for many prayers. What struck me was the number of requests among them, so that I would call for a restoration in the relationship of these people with God. I was annoyed at how many people who for some details still hesitate to put their faith and their heart totally in God.
The Importance of Prayer
Throughout the Bible we see examples of people crying out and being heard. Prayer is extremely important and plays some essential roles in our life with God. We should always be aware that a relationship is built with quality time and good conversations. Therefore, praying to God brings you closer to understanding who He is and how He thinks. This makes us understand his ways and purposes and feeds our spirit. The neglect to hold conversations continually with God, as in a relationship with anyone, makes us lessen the intensity with Him and causes the Spirit to fade away within us. This leads us to weaken our faith and give space to the desire to be filled with things that are human in nature, and consequently to feed the flesh, which is insatiable and prevails against our spirit if it is not in full communion with God.
1Ts 5:17 “pray continually, (18) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (19) Do not quench the Spirit”.
Mk 14:38 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”.
Pray for others
Not only do we pray to strengthen our relationship with God. It is also important to pray for others at all times. Whether to release captives spiritually, heal or strengthen a brother, or to rebuke satan.
Jm 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”
I personally, that write you, have deviated from the ways of the Lord years ago. And I am very grateful to my mother, father, sister and some members of my old church. They prayed intensely for a few years so that I would be hungry and thirsty for the Word of God. I am quite sure that today I am writing this to you only on account of these powerful and effective prayers and the infinite goodness of the Lord.
We know that both praying to strengthen our relationship with the Father and strengthening the people around us is of paramount importance for the Lord’s Church to stand and for the Kingdom of God to be established through our actions. But this paragraph is more aimed at people who have had difficulty in relating to God.
I have faith that through the prayer of the righteous, many draw near to God and have their hearts fertilized and prepared for a life with the Lord. However, we should never forget that salvation, as well as the relationship with God, are extremely personal, individual and non-transferable. Christianity is all ruled in the word decision. The biggest problem is that many Christians do not decide to give up the passions of this world for Christ and eternal life. It is much easier to ask an extremely anointed brother to pray for his relationship with God than to choose to spend a little of his time closing the door of the room with the intention of talking for more than five minutes with the Lord and to read the Bible.
Gl 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”.
Paul refers not only to sin, but also to our spiritual neglect. Several times I hear about lack of time, sleep or lack of courage, but these things are no excuse when we decide and we set our priority as the Lord.
Gl 5:25 “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit”.
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