VOICE
OF
THE
REMNANT

Prayer

For the Remnant, prayer cannot be a once a day activity, nor can it be a last resort. It must be a way of life. Along with the Bible it is our primary tool for doing the Lord's work and our chief weapon in spiritual warfare.

Unfortunately, many of the prayers offered in churches today are weak and or not really prayers at all. Frequently programmed in an "insert here" manner, they become little more than a mental exercise to make people "feel better". Corporate prayer times are often controlled by leaders to avoid "uncomfortable" periods of silence, wherein seconds can seem like and "eternity" to our modern face paced society. Also, in their view these excessive prayer times take time away from all the essential and "tangible" activities of the church. At other times, they become public service announcements embellished with holy-speak aimed horizontally to meet the expectations of the congregation. Prayer which is not vertical in nature, which does not contact God, is deceptive, worthless and spiritually destructive.

It would be as though a soldier headed into battle without a radio, compass, map, or any orders. He would be lost without direction or information and find himself at the mercy of his enemy, an enemy without mercy. He would be of no use to his leader or his army. The Remnant by its very nature is used by God as a spearhead to re-center the army on the battle. They must know where God is moving and what He is doing at all times.

There is no way the Remnant can perform its mission without constant prayer. The lines of communication between ourselves and the Lord must be kept open at all times. Anything which may cause them to close, must be removed; sin, busyness, self-righteousness, comfort, laziness and doubt.

Through prayer, the Lord has done and will continue to do powerful things through the Remnant. It at once keeps us powerful, yet humble, sensitive to the movement of the Holy Spirit and to those around us, grounded in the present and ever mindful of the future.

While others pray with doubt, the Remnant prays with expectation. Spirit-filled prayer is an indispensable necessity for the Remnant, one in which there is no turning back.

Below are a few verses on prayer. Please check the section on Spiritual Warfare as well.

 

The Call to Pray:

"The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray." (1 Peter 4:7)

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18)

"But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit." (Jude 1:20)

"[Further Instructions] Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." (Colossians 4:2)

"... give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4)

"pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17)


Praying with Power, Authority & Expectation:

"After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly." (Acts 4:31)

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16)

"Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops."(James 5:17-19)

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." (Romans 8:26)

"So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer." (Ezra 8:23)

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

"As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision." (Daniel 9:23)

"... the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." (James 5:15)

 

Attitude of Prayer:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6)

"As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you." (1 Samuel 12:23)

"Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved." (2 Corinthians 13:7)

"Going a little farther, He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:39)

"Once more He (Jesus) went away and prayed the same thing." (Mark 14:39)

"...Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." (Luke 18:1)

"...I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes."(Daniel 9:3)

"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words." (Matthew 6:5-7)

"Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:36)

 

Pray in All Occasions:

"Why are you sleeping?" He asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." (Luke 22:46)

"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them." (Acts 16:25)

"And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." (Luke 22:44)

"They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, "Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed." But I prayed, "Now strengthen my hands." (Nehemiah 6:9)

"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."(Luke 5:16)

[Jonah's Prayer] "From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God." (Jonah 2:1)

Jesus "replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer " (Mark 9:29)

[The People's Confession of Sin] "While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly." (Ezra 10:1)

"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith." (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

"We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thessalonians 1:12)

"Therefore pray for the remnant that still survives." (2 Kings 19:4)