Heavenly CorrespondanceJanuary 6, 2007
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Earlier this afternoon, I talked with Mark Gardner, a brother in the Lord who I met while in the navy. There were quite a number of christians on the USS Guam and we had a great fellowship. Mark was the first christian that I ran into when I arrived. As a result, I made my first visit ever to a full gospel church and the Lord baptized me in the Holy Ghost that first night during prayer, before the service even started. Needless to say, Bro. Mark is one of those people who come into your life at just the right moment. Mark, along with his wife Kim, and their daughter breanna are on furlough until next spring when they return to Namibia. (This morning, Mark left a comment in the “about” section of this site. It’s the first time that the “about” section has been used so you can’t miss it.)
As we were preparing to end the call, he stated that he always spends an hour in prayer around noon. (I interrupted him with the call as I wasn’t aware of this) I later thought about this; how so many of us have to juggle this and arrange that in order to find just a few minutes with the Lord. In my case, I strive to take advantage of any available time such as while feeding the goats, driving, working, blogging, and what have you. Always seeking those moments; any moment of sweet fellowship with the Ancient of Days. We all need to abide in the True Vine, Jesus, or we will certainly begin to pander to the former nature. A carnal expression, a phrase uttered out of contention instead of love, or just an attitude that seeks to exalt self over God. These things can creep in ever so subtly, when we’re least expecting it. They’ll slip in, right under our spiriual radar and create an array of havoc before we’re even aware that it’s happening. It’s always a frustrating situation when you inadvertantly allow the old man to have a few minutes on the soap box.
I was thinking about prayer tonight while at work. This invisible hotline that we have to the heart of God; a blessing that is often not utilized in full as the distractions of this age are right in line with Daniel 12:4. You read the psalms and one can imagine David as a youth, watching over the sheep beneath the stars that just seem to go on forever. In the case of the below verse, he was running from king Saul.
Psalm 63:6-7 “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”
A person who never considers the things of God could read this passage of scripture and know that David was a guy who thought often about eternal matters. Precious hours meditating on the Lord God who inhabits all of eternity and who desires that we draw ever closer to him and learn of him. (Jeremiah 33:3) A God that’s always as close as the mention of his name. A faithful Creator who’se not hindered by time, space, or physical boundaries. Such attributes, we are all aware of them and can pull the verses out from memory with little effort. Yet getting them past the old man, and into our hearts is an ongoing process that will never completely end as long as we’re in this world. The flesh will always want to do this or do that and the devil will always make sure that there’s plenty of “this” and “that” available to do. As a result, it becomes another battlefield with ever so many aspects. It affects our hearing from on high, our measure of faith, our attitude, our testimony; everything. Just as an army will attack the supply lines of its opponent, so the devil attacks our prayer life with a vengeance.
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Sobering as to the seriousness of neglecting time in the prayer closet. Each day, when it has ended, you’ll either be closer to the Lord, or you will have allowed some drifting to occur. The drifting is never much; a little bit here, a little bit over there. The devil is a patient adversary to be sure; although his time is nearing its end. (PRAISE GOD!) In any case, this drifting will occur unless we seek the Lord with all diligence. I learned this the hard way in times past and know all too well just how subtle it can be.
Something else was on my mind tonight. I was thinking about the verses in Revelation concerning the prayers of saints. It’s a thought that I’m still thinking about but here is one of the verses.
Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”
Prayers are assimilated with odours; a sweet smelling savour unto the Lord. Harps and odours. Our prayers, our heartfelt petitions bring about a sweetness in heaven; a noticeable difference in the presence of God. The very atmosphere of the throne room is altered by the presence of the prayers of saints. It’s almost a “visualization” if you will (a term that I almost never use, but it fits here). I have imagined that a single prayer of a single saint, is like a beam of light. You can see it heading off past the clouds, into the vacuum of space, out past the grandest of galaxies, (I hope that I’m not sounding nutty) when suddenly, in a not quite observable fashion, it’s in the spiriual realm with millions upon millions of other white beams entering the throne room from as it would be, the floor. Each one, traversing the span of space and time within an instant and each one being addressed the moment that it arrives.
That beam of light. That sincere prayer from the heart of one who knows Jesus; nothing can stop it. There’s no physical entity; no threat from the oppressors nor army that’s used to support the oppressors, that can seperate us from our Lord. They can toss you into the deepest hole in the deepest chamber of the deepest prison and that prayer will go forth as through nothing. Our fellowship with the Lord is dependant only on our giving diligence to it. Jesus will never leave us nor does he watch from a distance. He is alway abiding and is a very present help in trouble. The physical world is a non-factor when it comes to this sweet communion with the Almighty.
I should probably close this post before I start repeating things. Speaking of prayer, I’m making a list of the folks whose names I see on here for this very purpose; of lifting up the saints in prayer. Also in lifting up those who aren’t in the household of faith; whos sins were paid for at Calvary and they only need to receive the gift of salvation by faith. To keep our focus on the things that really matter; the issues of the heart. I’ll close out with one final verse.
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”