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As Was the Lord Himself, So Also Must Be Those Whom He has Called To Be His Disciples

Our Lord is the pattern for all preachers, and, with Him, prayer was the law of life. By it He lived. It was the inspiration of His toil, the source of His strength, the spring of His joy. With our Lord prayer was no sentimental episode, nor an afterthought, nor a pleasing, diverting prelude, nor an interlude, nor a parade or form. For Jesus, prayer was exacting, all-absorbing, paramount. It was the call of a sweet duty to Him, the satisfying of a restless yearning, the preparation for heavy responsibilities, and the meeting of a vigorous need. This being so, the disciple must be as his Lord, the servant as his Master. As was the Lord Himself, so also must be those whom He has called to be His disciples.

– E. M. Bounds, The Weapon of Prayer

Lord Teach Us to Pray

I pray the following is an encouragement for some who may not know what to do or how to pray given your circumstances. My brothers and sisters go to the Scriptures–ALL the Scriptures–and ask the Lord to help you pray as those who have gone before us prayed. The following I posted in a comment thread and thought I would share it here as well.

The Psalms are the very words of Jesus Christ Himself given through David in his actual situations…the same story we are a part of by being counted among the people of God. We take the Psalms as written–pray and sing them as they are written just as David, et al, prayed and sang them. Do not let anyone tell you that they do not apply to us as they applied to the actual writers themselves, this is not a Biblical nor Christian notion.

Ours is a religion of real blood, real tears, real bodies, real pain, real bread, real wine, real water, so on and so forth. We await a real deliverance by a real resurrection–when our Savior and Lord who still right this moment has a real human body–really returns to put the final enemy–death under His feet.

So robustly, with passion, pray and sing the Psalms–all the songs and prayers found in all of Scripture–as if they are your very own, for they indeed are yours!

Lamentations 3:55-66 is one of my favorite portions of Scripture. Jeremiah’s prayer there from the pit is also mine and your prayer too, and God will answer that prayer just as He did then, for He has not changed.

“I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit; you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’ You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ “You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life. You have seen the wrong done to me, O Lord ; judge my cause. You have seen all their vengeance, all their plots against me. “You have heard their taunts, O Lord , all their plots against me. The lips and thoughts of my assailants are against me all the day long. Behold their sitting and their rising; I am the object of their taunts. “You will repay them, O Lord , according to the work of their hands. You will give them dullness of heart; your curse will be on them. You will pursue them in anger and destroy them from under your heavens, O Lord .”
Lamentations 3:55-66

I pray the above with as much passion, fervency and tears, on my face before my Father, In Jesus’ name, His beloved eternal Son, my Lord and Savior, by the Holy Spirit, just as Jeremiah my brother did and know my God hear and answers!

-Terry

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Be Strong and Courageous…for the Lord Your God is with You Wherever You Go

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:8‭-‬9 ESV

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