Faithful in Prayer

faithful (adjective) ˈfāth-fəl – firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty

What kinds of things are you faithful to? Exercise. Your spouse. Your diet. Your job. God. Staying on top of the latest in fashion or home improvements. A ministry. A Friend. You may consider yourself faithful to many of these if you are a conscientious person.

The apostle Paul encourages Believers in Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Would you consider yourself to be faithful in prayer? I pray. I’m pretty sure you do too. But am I faithful prayer?

I pray at meals. I pray when I’m worried. I pray when I need God to do something for me. I pray as I see a crisis unfolding on the news. I pray for friends who ask me too – well, most of the time – I always mean to pray for them, but sometimes forget by the time I get home.

How can I become “faithful in prayer” as Scripture challenges me to be? Once again we turn to Paul for an answer:

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.”

1 Timothy 2:1-8

Paul gives us an idea of what he means to be faithful in prayer. Here he urges his young friend Timothy to pray in these ways:

  • offer petitions
  • offer prayers
  • make intercession
  • give thanks

Who do we pray these things for? All people.

Why do we pray? It is good. It please God.

Who is to pray? Just the pastors? Pastors and Sunday school teachers? Pastors, teachers, and deacons? Those “spiritual elite” types of people? Those who have more time than me? … No. “I want the men everywhere to pray,” he says. That means each of us. All Believers.

Prayer is simple, but profound.

  • All Believers pray
    • to an all-powerful God
      • by all means
        • for all people everywhere
          • at all times.
            • That’s all.

And it accomplishes much! “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)

Your assignment: Stop right now and pray. And here are some ideas spurred by Paul’s words to Timothy.

When you PETITION you: ask, desire, request, appeal to, beg, call upon, solicit the help of, cry out to.

When you PRAY you: address God with adoration, confession, supplication; request in a humble manner; implore, entreat, plead, invoke His help.

When you INTERCEDE you: intervene between parties; act as a go-between; mediate for others with God.

When you GIVE THANKS you: express gratitude, acknowledge, glorify, praise, laud, extol, honor, recognize, credit, compliment your Father God.

Determine to become a woman who is faith in prayer!

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