Praying Always…

Praying Always…

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for ALL saints…” (Ephesians 5:18)

I recently added a dimension or layer to my prayer life. Since 1974, when God first started moving on my heart about prayer and service unto Him, I have always prayed for the needs of my family, friends, and church family as well as giving thanks and Praise unto God for his daily provisions, protection, promises, and power.

However, several weeks ago, I felt the Spirit say unto my heart, “Pray for ALL saints everywhere.”  Of course, down throughout the years I have prayed many times for All saints, missionaries, and those in leadership positions in our local, state, and national government.  But, this spiritual directive seemed more of an “urgency” and “need,” not simply a “here-and-there” prayer.  That night while reading through my Bible,  I also noticed more acutely how the Apostle Paul urged the early church to “pray” for ALL saints everywhere…I didn’t feel it was a coincidence, but rather a confirmation!

So, to be in obedience to the Spirit’s leading, I began to pray more specifically for ALL of my born-again brothers and sisters in Christ across the globe. I began to name each continent and ask God to bless and meet the needs of each Christian and to lend favor according to His mercy and grace.  As I added this daily layer of prayer for ALL saints everywhere, I began to feel a new passion and excitement in my heart and Spirit.  I began to feel “connected” to ALL of God’s children; not just the ones I know personally.  I began to be more aware that God is doing a mighty, purposeful work; his work, on planet Earth; not just within the boundaries of my life and the lives of those I love and cherish, but millions and millions of lives across the entire globe!

I am reminded that God’s church is a BIG church filled with people of all nations, tongues, and race.  His Spirit is meeting the daily needs of His children in ways that I know nothing about.  He is not only working in the USA, but all nations and lands.  I have “tunnel” vision…God has ALL VISION!

So, today, let your hearts soar with the eagles as you name each continent: Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica seeking God’s blessings and will for each Christian living in these places, as well as those living on the many islands throughout our planet…Oh, God is such a BIG God who wants his children to have a BIGGER vision of who He is and who His children are!  I have brothers and sisters in Christ all over this vast planet from the north to the south; and from the east unto the west….How Great is Our God!!!  Oh, How Great is Our God!  Father, I lift up every saint in every nation in Your Name; the name of Jesus Christ…Amen.   (The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much! James 5:17) Amen…

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, Author

copyrighted by Lin T Rollins

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And He gave some…

And He gave some…

And He (Jesus Christ) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV)

As Christians, aren’t  we grateful for the “some” that God gave to! The Apostle Paul clearly states that Jesus gave some… for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…

Perfecting of the saints…I like the definition, “especially suitable,” having all the necessary or essential characteristics required for a given situation.  A Christian should be “especially suited” for his or her role as a believer in Christ Jesus in any given situation…How? By faith…Believing and knowing that there is a higher power, a divine purpose, and a bigger picture in all things…Those who help to “perfect” our walk in Christ help us to build up our faith.  The Bible says that,  “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).  Those who preach and teach the Word of God help to “perfect” our faith!

For the work of the ministry…Of course, we know the word, “work” refers to labor…putting forth action and effort.  But what does “work” mean in this particular verse since we do NOT work for our salvation? (It is the gift of God…Romans 3) I believe it means the day-to-day “walk” of our Christian life that produces the Fruit of the Spirit:  Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, and Faith…”IF we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 KJV).  The effectual “work of the ministry” requires the Fruit of the Spirit…We must “love” our brethren as well as our enemies. The “joy” of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10) . “Peace” is identified as one of our spiritual garments to wear (Ephesians 6).  “Longsuffering” is a means to build patience (and patience builds hope).  “Gentleness” denotes the inward and outward manifestation of a Holy Spirit-filled life., “Goodness” denotes our inward thoughts, motives, attitude, and actions that honor Christ, and “Faith” is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).  All of these,  perfecting, working, and edifying produce the “work of the ministry.”

“The edifying of the body of Christ“…The word “edify” means to build-up, to strengthen, and to encourage…The body of Christ is built up both physically and spiritually  when another “soul” is born into the kingdom.  The body of Christ is strengthened as we grow stronger and more knowledgable in the Word and work of the Lord. The body of Christ is encouraged as we “pray for one another” and “bear one another’s burden” that we may be filled and lacking no good thing.  Amen…

So, today, as Christians we are all accountable and responsible for the “SOME” to whom Jesus gave.  We should all be, “Workman that needeth not be ashamed…” ( II Timothy 2:15)

As a member of the Body of Christ, we each have a job and responsibility to do.  We need not “work” for our salvation for Christ paid it all and finished it all on Calvary. But, we must all “work” while the day is dawning for the “perfecting of the saints,” “for the work of the ministry,” and “for the edifying of the body.”  Won’t you be an effectual “laborer” today?  I know I am going to pray to do so…Amen…

Remember, God Loves You

Lin T Rollins, Author

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Paul’s Effectual Prayer…

Paul’s Effectual Prayer…

“I, Paul, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers…”

…”That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (God); the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.”  (Ephesians 1:16-19)

What an example of a “prayer-warrior” was the Apostle Paul. Even as he sat alone in a cold prison cell, he wrote words of encouragement to his fellow believers assuring them that he was praying for them.  Not only did he tell them that he was praying for them, he told them what he was praying for: spirit of wisdom, revelation, enlightenment, hope, riches in God’s glory, and exceeding greatness of his (God’s) power.  

As I read this passage last night, it dawned on me that this is the exact prayer I need to be praying for my family and for our nation.  More than ever, we need our lives to be saturated in God’s spirit of wisdom. We need a fresh on-going revelation of God’s will upon our lives.  We need our eyes to be opened to understanding. We need to be filled with the hope of His calling upon our lives. We need to trust in the riches of His glory we have as his saints. And, we need to be empowered in his powerful greatness.  We are heirs to a heavenly kingdom! Amen…

Oh my friend, I fully understand where you are coming from when you feel so overwhelmed by circumstances in your life.  Like me there are time when you wonder if God even cares and if he even listens anymore to our prayers…But, I can assure you that if the Apostle Paul maintained joyous hope in Christ while sitting alone in a prison cell waiting to be executed, you and I can have that same sustaining faith in the hope of our call in Christ Jesus as well. For God is not a respecter of persons. He will reveal himself to those who seek after Him in Spirit and in Truth.  For Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the very life that we seek after.

Put your circumstances in God’s hands. Allow Him to rule your heart and life with His spirit of wisdom and knowledge. Delight yourself in his riches in glory.  Feel the power of His resurrection flowing through your body…Give it all; give it all to Jesus…After all, only God knows the future and what all it holds for me and for you.

Today, want you pray with me Paul’s prayer for your own life,  your loved ones, and for our nation…After all, it is a very effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man that availeth much! (James 5:16).

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T. Rollins, Author