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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In prayer Christ is revealed to us

by Nelson Roth
Like the seasons of the year, prayer seems also to have its cycles.  Each season of prayer has purpose just like the seasons of the year and each a contributing part to God unveiling answers to questions we may have about the future.  The unveiling is that incredible season when Christ pulls back the curtain revealing His plans and ways as we pray.

In prayer, Christ is revealed to us.

Our prayer experience may not always be a revelation though, and that’s why we’re encouraged to persevere in our prayers.  Luke 18:1, “always pray and not give up.”

When we don’t give up, here’s some promises of Christ revealing his ways at the right time.
  • Jeremiah 33:3, “call to me and I will answer you” 
  • John 14:13, “I will do whatever you ask in my name”
  • James 5:16, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and  effective”
  • Ephesians 3:20, “do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”
Has there been a time when questions about the future were unanswered?  Imagine what it must have been like for John when he was alone and rejected on the Isle of Patmos.  Scriptures tell us that he found purpose in it all when Christ revealed himself and the incredible future message to John.  It’s recorded in the book of Revelation, which by the way means unveiling!  Here’s where Christ first came to him:

Revelation 1:12-13, 17, “I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. ...  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!”

And then Christ began to lay out the future, by telling John to - “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”  Revelation 1:19

Christ revealing the future is dependent upon God’s timing of course, but are there things we can do to hinder our prayers and Christ being revealed?  These verses tell us that we can hinder revelation that God is wanting to give.
  • Psalm 66:18, “If I had cherished sin in my heart,  the Lord would not have listened” 
  • James 4:2-3, “you ask with wrong motives”
  • James 1:5-7, “when he asks, he must believe and not  doubt”
In prayer, Christ is revealed to us.

If prayer had seasons, what season are you currently in?
How might you be hindering Christ being revealed in your prayer life?
What promises from the scriptures are you holding on to?

Prayer is one of the "7 Marks of Spiritual Health" in life and ministry.  The RM team will be writing about all seven, the topic this month is prayer.  Please feel free to comment and join in on the conversation.

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