Prayer for deliverance and salvation

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There is a section in Psalm 119 that walks me through some areas of prayer.

Let your constant love comfort me,
    as you have promised me, your servant. – Psalm 119:76  GNT

This is how I am persuaded to pray – knowing that my sin will be pardoned and I will be reconciled to God. It is here that I receive the peace I have been looking for and it is here, in my heart and my conscience, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and based on the promises of God, that I find myself “comforted” even before my troubles are resolved.

May the proud be ashamed for falsely accusing me;
    as for me, I will meditate on your instructions.
May those who honor you come to me—
    all those who know your commands. – Psalm 119:78-79  GNT

It is a prayer and maybe it is a spoken declaration of hope – it is when I breathe not a request necessarily, but a desire of my heart – that is, not a formal request.

Your commandments are all trustworthy;
    people persecute me with lies—help me! – Psalm 119:86  GNT

If God’s commandments are trustworthy, they make God truthful and faithful. Those who go against God are thereby not. If those against God find themselves in this postion, am I not encouraged to pray and hope for deliverance and salvation?

In humility I get down on my knees.

I am the high and holy God, who lives forever. I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and repentant, so that I can restore their confidence and hope. – Isaiah 57:15  GNT

It is a great place to be in prayer because I join my spiritual expression with my physical one and together they reveal the attitude of my heart. I feel that if I really want to know God, there needs to be humility in my heart. That is what I pray. So I look for salvation from my sin, pride, selfishness and the tendencies to exalt myself.

That is why the miracle of praying for my enemies never ceases to amaze me.

But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. – Matthew 5:44  GNT

It has to be one of the deepest expressions of love. It is why, very early on in my walk with God that I would seek this above all.

The issue is not just doing nice or helpful things, but it is the ability to see, hear, engage with that person and truly love them for who they are and where they are. I think Jesus expressed this on the cross and I know Stephen echoed His words as he was being stoned and Paul prayed in a similar passion when you think of the Jewish people being his enemies wherever he went.

 I did not see that it is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men. It is not of course the only way. But for many people at many times the ‘fair beauty of the Lord’ is revealed chiefly or only while they worship Him together. Even in Judaism the essence of the sacrifice was not really that men gave bulls and goats to God, but that by their so doing God gave Himself to men; in the central act of our own worship of course this is far clearer — there it is manifestly, even physically, God who gives and we who receive. The miserable idea that God should in any sense need, or crave for, our worship like a vain woman wanting compliments, or a vain author presenting his new books to people who never met or heard him, is implicitly answered by the words, ‘If I be hungry I will not tell thee‘ (50:12). Even if such an absurd Deity could be conceived, He would hardly come to us, the lowest of rational creatures, to gratify His appetite. – C.S.Lewis

Child’s prayer life

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When I talk about children praying, I am also talking about me, as an adult praying like a child. Prayer is encouraged and taught by example. When I see and hear others pray, it becomes part of my natural experience and it becomes important in my life. When I know that thankfulness blesses the heart of God, I become more thankful. Even showcasing the importance of praying in silence matters.

As the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, we are taught to teach others, especially children, to pray.

“Israel, remember this! The Lord—and the Lord alone—is our God.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. – Deuteronomy 6:4-7 GNT

Prayer is not awkward when our minds are filled with the things of God.

And so the fourth longest prayer recorded in the Bible has David calling out to his Father.

He will say to me,
    ‘You are my father and my God;
    you are my protector and savior.’ – Psalm 89:26 GNT

Jesus loved calling out to His Father. God had one Son and He was without sin, and this Son lived with prayer.

The Psalm concludes like this…

Praise the Lord forever! – Psalm 89:52 GNT

“He ends where he began; he has sailed round the world and reached port again. Let us bless God before we pray, and while we pray, and when we have done praying, for he always deserves it of us.”  – Spurgeon

Like a child, I have had prayer seem dull, I get distracted and find it difficult to pray more than five minutes. Then I get annoyed and feel guilty because prayer is my way of getting to know God.

When I pray, I am talking to God. So when I feel like I am getting distracted, reading portions of scripture like this one helps me pray realizing that I have access to this powerful God.

Surrounding the throne on each of its sides, were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and behind. The first one looked like a lion; the second looked like a bull; the third had a face like a human face; and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight. Each one of the four living creatures had six wings, and they were covered with eyes, inside and out. Day and night they never stop singing:

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was, who is, and who is to come.”

The four living creatures sing songs of glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. When they do so, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They throw their crowns down in front of the throne and say,

“Our Lord and God! You are worthy
    to receive glory, honor, and power.
For you created all things,
    and by your will they were given existence and life.” – Revelation 4:6-11 GNT

This is the God I get to pray to.

This begins to reshape my focus and fills me with a desire to pray. It matters because my prayer life is one of the most important parts of my life.

“We can meditate on this until our hearts are hot with assurance. Look at him loving you; dying for you; rejoicing in you and singing over you. Look at all that and he will be a delight to you. Then the law will be a delight to you and you will be like a tree planted by streams of water. You’ll bear your fruit in season and no matter what happens, your leaf will not wither.” – Timothy Keller