Prayer

How many of you have ever felt like you were too “bad” to pray? I have. This subject is close to me because there was a time in my life where I thought I had sinned too much to ask anything or the Father. I told myself that after everything I had done, I do not deserve anything and how could I pray for anyone else when I couldn’t even get myself together. In my 20’s, I had no idea how to pray because I allowed the enemy to cause me to feel less than what I was worth. I struggled with low self esteem and told myself it was easier to not pray at all than to continue to pray in vain.

When we become consumed by our shortcomings, we failed to understand the power of intercession. Romans 8:26 reminds us that it is the Spirit who intercedes for us. So many of us think that we don’t know what to say when we pray but the Spirit intercedes for us to say those words we long to express but cannot. The spirit intercedes in the midst of our fears and insecurities. When we are discouraged by sin, we have the Holy Spirit to stand in our place. I thank God that when I was deep in depression and anxiety, the Holy Spirit stood in the gap for me and interceded for me.

In Ephesians 3, Paul calls himself the least of all saints. Little did he know the impact he would have on all Christianity. Have you ever felt to be the least? When you do, continue reading this passage in Ephesians. Paul, despite feeling as though he was the least, had confidence in the power of grace. He knew that by grace he was being used by God to share the gospel.  And by faith, we can boldly access the Father. Not only do we have access, we also can intercede for others. Doesn’t matter who we are, what we have done, what we look like. By faith, we have access. Paul continues in the scripture to pray for the Ephesians, and we get to this well known scripture that says Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us Ephesians 3:20.Are you also discounting God through your lack of confidence? Do you discredit His ability to use you? Do you believe that He will do as He has said and hears your prayers? Have you made Him lesser because you feel unworthy?

1 John 4:4-6says Greater is He that is in me. Do you believe that He is within you? Do you believe you have overcame them? “Them” can be anything you are facing right now. You have overcome idolatry, sexual sin, a foul mouth, gossip. You have overcome anxiety, depression, PTSD, cancer, diabetes. You have overcome if you would just believe. And when you overcome you exude confidence and boldness in God. He is the lifter of our heads. We were not meant to walk around slumped to the ground. We were not meant to be so self-conscious and insecure that we don’t even try to pray. Prayer is the answer. In prayer we become strong and we are reminded of how loved we are. We are reminded of God’s strength and His purpose for us. In prayer we intercede for our brothers and sisters. In prayer is healing from whatever is still hurting you from your past. Prayer is the answer and we must boldly, confidently pray. Not by our works but by our faith will things begin to change through Kingdom Prayer.

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