Saturday May 10, 2008

Dear Friends,

God is passionate about you, and wants to answer your every prayer. Problem is some of the prayers we pray are ‘off base’ and He cannot answer them. You see, all prayer must be in terms of what God has promised to answer. He has made a covenant that he is bound to honor, and if we step outside that covenant, it is as if we tie God’s hands.

Check out the following excerpt from my latest book entitled: “Where Heaven and Earth Meet”. This practical resource will set you on track with God so that you can have confidence that your prayers are being heard and answered.

Yours for the kingdom,

 Ed Horak

God’s Delight

As for the saints who are on the earth, ‘They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.’  Psalm 16:3 

I will bless the LORD at all times;His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;When I awake, I am still with You. Psalm 139:17-18 

God is totally consumed with us. We are all His delight, and His thoughts towards us have no limit. They are like the never ending sands on the seashore.

The big question is what is our response? Do we delight in Him as much as He delights in us? It is amazing that whereas we fall short of perfection, God stills finds all His delight in us. It stands to reason that if God is completely and utterly perfect and worthy of our total devotion, then why should we be distracted by anything else less worthy?

This speaks of lifestyle. When our lives are oriented to Him in prayer and worship, other things cannot get our attention and distract us from the greatest pursuit of life.

My prayer is that “Where Heaven and Earth Meet” will encourage you to fulfill the call on your life to put God and His will in the center of all your passion.

He gave His only begotten son to bring us to Himself and make our hearts His eternal home. He is looking for continued intimacy and is awaiting our response on a daily basis.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8 

Establishing a Lifestyle of Devotion

A lifestyle is that which is customary or characteristic. Does your devotion to God characterize your life or is it merely part of who you are and what you do? Are you satisfied with mere ‘devotions’, or are you ready for a journey where you cultivate a ‘lifestyle of devotion?’      

Our devotion to God ought not to be restricted to a particular place and time, say Sunday morning Church. Our relationship with God should find expression in any place at any time.     

Intimacy can be cultivated. Use “Where Heaven and Earth Meet” to establish a regular ‘practice’ of prayer, worship and intercession. Make entering into God’s presence a holy habit that spills over into your everyday living. When you do, you will begin to walk under an ‘open heaven’ wherever you go, and enjoy the benefits of continual fellowship with your loving Creator.      

Broaden your practice of prayer from the ‘formal’ moments when you pray, to the ‘informal’ continual unceasing awareness of God in Your life. As you practice abiding in Jesus, you will experience more and more of His abiding presence, comfort and wisdom in your daily walk. 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7 

The Power Twins: Word and the Spirit

I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. 1 Corinthians 14:15-16 

God has given us the power twins of praying (and worshipping) ‘with the understanding’ – the Word, and ‘with the spirit’ – the Holy Spirit’s supernatural utterance in tongues. It is up to us to develop both these areas of prayer. Faith will arise as you yield to praying in both these ways. A good workman will know how and when to apply what is appropriate at any time. 

Praying with the Word

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 

When you use the prayers in the various focus areas of this “Where Heaven and Earth Meet”, you will be praying according to the Word. God’s word is the language of prayer, the medium of exchange in the relationship between God and His children. It is true that God’s people perish not for a lack of prayers but for a lack of knowledge of His will.  Most Christians pray, but even though they may be entirely sincere, their prayers are ‘off target’ at times because they are not based on the Word. The solution of course, is to get the Word solidly built into your heart so that it will come out in prayer, not matter the circumstance. When prayer is scriptural, God is put in remembrance of His covenant promises that He has made. It is these promises that He is committed to watching over to make them come to pass in your life as you stand in faith.            

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom… Colossians 3:16 

Praying with the Spirit

If you are unfamiliar with the present day supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit, and how it relates to prayer, at this point open your heart to what God wants to impart to you.  Check out the chapter on the Holy Spirit in Section C: Resources on page 68 to see from scripture God’s plan for empowering you with the Holy Spirit in a new way.

For those already familiar with the Holy Spirit’s supernatural utterance ministry in your life, be reminded that God expects us to cooperate and co-labor with the Holy Spirit in prayer. He wants not only to lead us in the areas that we are to pray for at any time, but also to give us the supernatural utterance in tongues to pray in areas and in a manner that goes way beyond our own resources. He wants to help us pray supernaturally.

Where Heaven and Earth Meet

The role we have to play. 

Your kingdom come.Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

           

 Where Heaven and Earth Meet

Heaven and earth meet when man’s petition intersects God’s provision.

Prayer is not some dutiful religious exercise to keep us busy, but a vital expression of a dynamic relationship with our Almighty Covenant Father in Heaven. He requires that we connect with Him in order to establish His kingdom and will on earth.

God’s desire is that prayer be a delightful, fulfilling and fruitful experience where we co-labor with Him to extend His kingdom on Earth. He has chosen us to go in His name under His divine direction and in His power to proclaim and demonstrate His goodness to a world that desperately needs heaven’s touch. Prayer is the foundation for a fruitful life and ministry. 

God has given both His Word and Spirit to help us connect with Him in fruitful prayer. We have to do the praying, and He does the helping! To be heard in Heaven we must pray on target. To be on target our prayer must be in accordance with His revealed will. 

Prayer is not reserved for the super spiritual either. Elijah was a man with like passions. He was just like us, yet his prayers had dramatic impact because of his faith. He was able to connect heaven and earth with his prayers. Like Elijah, we should always pray with expectancy that God will honor what He has promised!

Prayer has a Protocol and Pattern

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Matthew 6:5-9 

To enjoy prayer’s delight, we must align with the discipline of the Word. Jesus taught us that our prayer must be:

Spontaneous and sincere: ‘not like the hypocrites.’ This speaks of the motives of a pure heart.

  • Specific: ‘do not use vain repetitions.’  This underscores the importance of believing when you pray. There is no need to nag or beg God for what He has promised.

  • Scriptural: ‘in this manner.’  Here the manner of approach is highlighted. God is orderly in all that He does, and He expects us to be the same.

Prayer has a broad three-fold focus

The first focus in prayer is where we adore the Lord in our ‘devotions’ through prayers of worship, and also through music and singing of praise to God.

Second, God expects us to pray for our own personal needs to be met in ‘petitions’ according to the promises He has made in His Word.

Third, we are to offer prayer for the needs of others in ‘intercession’ and ‘supplication’.

All three prayer focuses are valid and necessary expressions of prayer, and the “Where Heaven and Earth Meet” seeks to provide you with the tools to build these into a balanced and Spirit led prayer lifestyle.

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