Taught to pray

But when the seventh angel blows his trumpet, then God will accomplish his secret plan, as he announced to his servants, the prophets. – Revelation 10:7 GNT

What is the God’s secret plan?

1 Corinthians 15:24 GNT: “Then the end will come; Christ will overcome all spiritual rulers, authorities, and powers, and will hand over the Kingdom to God the Father.”

Matthew 6:10 GNT: “may your Kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I think that I could play a part in God accomplishing His secret plan by praying like this – pray that His kingdom come and His will be done. Amen.

Take as an illustration of questions that are constantly coming up, the matter of theater going, dancing and the use of tobacco. Many who are indulging in these things will ask you triumphantly if you speak against them, “Does the Bible say, ’Thou shalt not go to the theater’?” “Does the Bible say,‘Thou shalt not dance’?” “Does the Bible say,‘Thou shalt not smoke’?” That is not the question. The question is, Is our heavenly Father well pleased when He sees one of His children in the theater, at the dance, or smoking? That is a question for each to decide for himself, prayerfully, seeking light from the Holy Spirit. “Where is the harm in these things?” many ask. It is aside from our purpose to go into the general question, but beyond a doubt there is this great harm in many a case; they rob our prayers of power. – R.A. Torrey


Jesus prays for me and David shows me how to pray for my children and their children

I love the idea of Jesus pleading with God on my behalf and I am strengthened in my faith just in the knowing of this truth – Jesus prays for me.

And so he is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them. – Hebrews 7:25 GNT

I do not see Him continually chanting prayers on behalf of me but rather like He described how He would pray for Peter so that Peter would not fall away. I see Jesus as praying to ensure I am strengthened in my seasons of trials and the times the enemy comes to accuse and attack me.

Here is a prayer from David that I love for my children and one I am praying for my grandchildren.

May our sons in their youth
    be like plants that grow up strong.
May our daughters be like stately columns
    which adorn the corners of a palace. – Psalm 144:12 GNT

This coming generation may need prayer support more than any other generation. I pray for my son and my grandson that they are like mature, strong plants that are growing up strong. That they may express their godliness openly. I pray for my daughter and my granddaughters that they will make open confessions of faith and have the godliness to back them up.

“Why is it,” many a Christian is asking, “I make so little progress in my Christian life?” “Neglect of prayer,” God answers. “You have not because you ask not.”

“Why is it,” many a minister is asking, “I see so little fruit from my labors?” Again God answers, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.”

“Why is it,” many a Sunday-School teacher is asking, “that I see so few converted in my Sunday-School class?” Still God answers, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.”

“Why is it,” both ministers and churches are asking, “that the church of Christ makes so little headway against unbelief and error and sin and worldliness?” Once more we hear God answering, “Neglect of prayer. You have not because you ask not.” – R. A. Torrey