by T. Carlton Richardson

Rebuilding Our Walls of Prayer
Dr. T. Carlton Richardson

Summary: This 'message of hope on prayer' demonstrates the relationship between fasting, prayer and action. Nehemiah is an excellent example to spiritual leaders that action preceded by effective prayer will always yield -- against all odds -- a favorable result. First, we should prepare ourselves for (or consecrate ourselves to) prayer through the discipline of fasting. Second, we should pray continually to secure God's approval, guidance, blessings, and protection for a designated plan of action (i.e. supplication). Third, in our praying we should, of course, acknowledge God's all-sufficiency and power in this universe (i.e. adoration). And, finally, we should acknowledge our sins to God so that there can be no interference with God's hearing our prayer (i.e. confession) for unconfessed sins hinder our prayer life with God. More importantly though is the fact that we are the instruments through which God's power is unleashed by our praying, as is written in this message: "Each time we pray the Word becomes flesh within us. We appropriate into our own being Divine life and energy that gives us superhuman resources and spiritual power for effective living."

WORD: You are ... members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. (Eph. 2:19-22)

I. Introduction

Prayer is practiced too little by Christians, whether alone or with others, in private or in group devotionals or public worship experiences; whether at home, in transit, at work, church or elsewhere. Because of this insufficiency or neglect -- more aptly described as the sin of prayerlessness (see, John 15:5-6) -- the world which "offers only the lust f ...

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