George Muller, E.M. Bounds, and Praying Hyde are men of prayer who had strong prayer lives.
In this topic, Pastor Gene Kim taught us to learn to surrender ourselves to God! God puts us through hard times so that we could pray, and that He is going to take care of us, as well as our trials and problems.
Disclaimer: This teaching is mostly based on stories from prayer warriors and Pastor’s own experiences, so please watch the video for a detailed explanation behind these verses!
Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
In our Christian life, God is building us up by putting us through hard times. It is important to go through all these problems; it establishes peace and confidence in the end if we continue to stay in faith and trust in God’s plan.
Sometimes, the answers to prayer might not come but the power of prayer is finding peace in chaos. Learn to be patient and pray, and live a life of prayer!
Below are a few verses about prayer and patience that we can personalize.
During the “patience” stage of a trial or affliction, you must be praying. Trials and afflictions force you to pray; it makes you ask for prayer to others as well. Bring your concern in prayer to God.
James 5:11 “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”
James 5:16-18 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
James 1:2-8 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Do not pray upon your lust, or for fleshy reasons, as Christ Jesus will not answer it. Also, it is better to surrender your prayer request according to the Lord’s will with the humility of mind, rather than arrogantly thinking that the Lord has to answer your prayer request because you believe that it is God’s will.
For further reading,
– What is effective prayer?
– Why is the King James Version important for biblical doctrine?