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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God bless you for this article and continue write this so can many people can be blessing. May God bless you.
I’m writing from Lisbon.
God bless u Marcelo for this inspiration. You just strike me at the very right time. I pray God to keep using you for His glory.
I think you so much for your testimony. I don’t pray enough or read my Bible but this is encouraging to do so. PRAISE GOD!!!
Thanks for sharing this powerful message..I pray for strength to connect with God and others through prayers daily..God bless you
This message hits hard to home……. I’ve been having much difficulty in my Christian walk of late…. more or less if you were to look at my life, I’ve thrown the spiritual towel in, given up on ever doing right….. if I don’t change I’m doomed…… it’s so hard, feeling like such a disappointment all the time, knowingly doing wrong, being in insufferable shame of my wrong doing…
God bless you brother Joseph, thank you to The LORD JESUS CHRIST for He indeed uses all to encourage the rest to do as we have been call to do, amen
I adminisrate a prayer meeting by phone every Sat. AM. It is edifying and forges a strong bond of fellowship.
It is quiet heart warming to read what you wrote brother and inspiring and it click alot into my heart and spirit.my wife she not a believer in our father she believes that ther something out ther but not God but I can’t blame her!for her mum didn’t babtise her and her brother or show them the path to god but I as her husband I would love for her to know our father god and our creator I’m not 💯 percent connect but my mum she tried her best to show me and my brother and sister the path of God and to have a knowledge about our creator.we have a beautiful baby boy that God bless with and I pray for him and his mother every time that they wil start to feel our father
god around them like I do.i lack so time in my faith but I get up and keep on trying to ask our lord for his strength guidance to keep on going forward not just in our physical life but in heart spirit and soul.thank you for your word brother
It is a blessing to hear that when we don’t pray and we don’t have God and get closer to him that yeah we do fall back I just happen to feel as if I am in that position right now and you’ve opened my eyes to make me realize that I’m not alone and I’m more than willing and I am willing lower than willing to take his word and read it daily and his love that is so unconditional because you see me when I came here where I’m living now I was homeless before had no place to call home and it was it was hard but I prayed and believed in God and had great faith I would get where I wanted to be and he has brought me and he has a plaid every one of my needs since I have been here from small to big and I thank him so much and God bless you for your word because it is very inspiring
God bless you young man. Please pray for me, I’m being sifted.
Man, you are making a big big big difference in my life, thank you, Jesus is using you !!! You already is a brilliant writer and I desire that Jesus makes you even more.
Reading your message, is turning me to God, thanks for your wonderful message.
Thankyou Marcelo.These words have been a lamp to my feet.
Thanks!. It’s actually a good thing to pray to God about everything before taking decision.
This is wonderful! Keep it up.
Awesome… Continue letting God get the glory out of your life young man! 🙂
This will help me to go back to God, pray for me that God’s word will strike in my life.
Thanks for sharing this.its a good reminder for me to renew my intimacy with God
Thanks brother .. may God bless you… Keep blessing you with more helpful visions.
God bless you
Am really inspired and am motivated in God’s work by seeing you my beloved brother with same age doing great job in God’s Kingdom through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ thank you, keep going brother and God will continue inspires you on that in Jesus name.Amen!
God bless you Marcelo for this wonderful message that have reconciled my spirit man back to Jesus Christ. Please Sir i want you to also join me in praying for God to build me on a solid rock of Christ Jesus so that i will not fall back to the pleasures and desires of this world anymore. God bless you Marcelo once again for this wonderful message.
Thank you for your message,
continual prayer and faith in the Lord,