FERVENT EFFECTIVE PRAYER

“As for me, I will call upon God, and the LORD shall save me. Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.” Ps. 55:16-18

Today many of us find ourselves in lockdown. We are truly living in interesting times. Yesterday I received a WhatsApp message that read; Movies are closed, restaurants are closed, parks are closed, events are canceled, no social gatherings are allowed, and many people are either working from home or not working at all. Is God saying to you today, “Your schedule is cleared, can we talk now?”

Perhaps you should use this lockdown to reflect on your relationship with God. Like the Psalmist writes – I will call upon the Lord and he shall hear my voice. How many of us have taken time to call upon the Lord in our personal prayer lives? God is waiting with outstretched arms, waiting for us to reconcile and he has promised that He will restore to us His righteousness – 1 Cor 5:21.

Take some time to reflect on your relationship with God. Now is the time to become His disciple and to live a life consecrated to Him. Sr. White writes “When the church awakes to the sense of her holy calling, many more fervent and effective prayers will ascend to heaven for the Holy Spirit to point out the work and duty of God’s people regarding the salvation of souls. We have a standing promise that God will draw near to every seeking soul.” 1 Selected Messages, p. 116

To experience a life consecrated to Him, we must ask for forgiveness and Jesus promised that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. All the sins of any bible character were forgiven when they went to Him and confessed their sins and asked for forgiveness. We are often held back by the sins we have committed in the past, even though they are behind us and God has cast them into the deepest sea, we allow ourselves to feel unworthy because of them. And when God calls, we use it as an excuse; “I am not worthy because…” In 2 Cor 5:17 He gives us the promise that whoever is in Him is a new creation, the old is gone and the new is here. God has forgiven you, and you do not have to think about any of those sins again. You are reconciled to Him who loves you. Do not let those sins hinder your experience with God. Your story and your experiences with Him can be shared with others as an example of triumph over sin. Thus, becoming a disciple. The awesome thing is that each one of us has a story to tell about our experience with Him.

He has promised the He will draw all men to Him. What an amazing promise. Will you recognize your holy calling and make that sacrifice to give your life over to Him, becoming His disciple and spreading this good news? Cultivating that dependence on God. In this time let us begin to pray like never before, let us be aware of His blessings and let us cultivate a sensitivity to His will and calling upon our lives.

The Psalmist writes “He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, for there were many against me.”  He has died for your sins; He is waiting for your decision. He is waiting for you to make yourself available.

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