The thing that is vitally important in the life of a believer is prayer. This is what sets true believers apart from the rest of the church. Leonard Ravenhill said, “a man is only as good as His prayer life.” The “prayer closet” is where a believer lays down the flesh and pride, builds their relationship with the Father and intercedes for others. This is also where God sculpts and teaches believers. It is wonderful when a believer allows God to father them in the quietness and stillness. That is the place where God’s power is manifest in the greatest way. In prayer and from prayer, whether we feel it or not, God transforms hearts and therefore changes lives. In previous articles when I have said “spend time with Him”, this is what I mean. Prayer is anything from thanking and praising, to intercession. Out of all of it comes a wonderful relationship. You will hear God more clearly (His voice will be louder than the flesh), your discernments will be clearer and God will reveal the truth to you. All of My revelations on holiness came from time spent with God where He taught me the importance of holiness. The truth is so clear when it comes straight from God. A prayer life also feeds righteousness and “righteousness bares its fruit unto holiness.” Holiness comes out of relationship with God and relationship comes out of time spent with Him(prayer). A believer will never be totally pure unless they go directly to God and have a relationship with Him. After all, how do you please someone if you don’t know what they want and how do you know what someone wants if you don’t have a relationship with them? Relationship comes through prayer and a believer will never live in the fullness of God’s will without a prayer life. Most people(Christians) who doubt a lot and are miserable have no prayer life and furthermore have no relationship with God. That is not what God intends for us. God wants relationship and that is only obtained through a prayer life, not from a place of religion but out of a place of love for Him. Prayer is the way believers mature and become great men and women of God who love Him and will do anything for Him. God is so in love with us, but we have to take the steps to get to know Him and that step is prayer through love.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 King James Version (KJV) Pray without ceasing.
Where have you placed your faith? Have you placed it in Me? Have you placed it in My word? Have you placed it in all I am? For many have placed their faith in other things, in other areas. For I have said, I have given EVERY man the measure of faith, yet much of it has been displaced. For I tell you, faith is the gas that drives the vehicle. Allow Me to build up your faith. For know this, the more you use, the more will be filled up inside of you. Just as the cruse of oil multiplied, faith will be poured out and multiplied. Just continue to use your faith. Use it in Me, in My word and in My spirit. For it pleases Me and gives Me great joy to see you walk in My faith sayeth the Lord.
Have I stilled it? Have I stilled the raging storm? Have I not caused the winds and the waves to be still? Then why do you fear? Why do My people walk around as if I am incapable of doing it again? Am I not the same yesterday, today and forever? For I want you to remember and know this, I NEVER change. Stop walking as if the storm will overtake you. Come rest in the back of the boat. For I have said, in famine and destruction, I will laugh. I say to you, come, allow Me to still all that seems to rage against you. Cast all your cares upon Me. It is time to lift up your head and walk upon the water with Me sayeth the Lord
What is that you are working for? Is it eternal? Is it for Me and My glory or for your own selfishness? Many of My people are unaware of what they are accumulating. Many are piling up nothing more than wood, hay and stubble. There are a few, those who love Me, those who do My will, they desire nothing more than to be all I have called for them to be, to do nothing but My will. They are accumulating great riches. Those who seek their own, already have their reward, their crowns are in earthly matters, prestige, honor, title and all that it contains. Those who are My pure bride, they will receive their reward, in full, in front of all. For when the time comes, all will be revealed sayeth the Lord God Jehovah.
Have you? Have you used it? Have you used the weapons I have given you? Have you used the weapon of praise and worship? Do you not know? Did you not realize? For I tell you this, praise and worship is a mighty weapon. For in your praise and worship to Me, you submit yourself to Me and all I am and the enemy must flee. For remember this, I inhabit the praises of My people. For you are to be a sacrifice of praise. So give of yourself. Worship Me, praise Me. Allow Me to manifest Myself in you and to you in a very intimate special way. For I love spending time with you and will prove myself on your behalf. For I love you sayeth the Lord.
Can I be with you or will you walk away? I desire to be with you all through the night and the day. Can I be with you? In My presence will you stay? Will you hold firm to My hand or with each passing wave will you sway? For I desire to dwell with you. I desire to have My abode in you. I inhabit the praises of My people, those whose lives are a sacrifice of praise to Me, those who die daily, take up their cross and follow Me. So let Me envelop you. Let Me wrap Myself around you and be with you continually. Those who are hungry, thirsty and of a humble heart, I am found of them. For they are the ones who seek Me. So seek Me early and I will be found of you. Draw near to Me and I’ll draw near to you sayeth the Lord of hosts.
Do you know Me or just know My name? Do you seek Me or do you seek out your own gain? I have called you! For no man comes to Me unless I call them, unless My Spirit draws them. There are too many who know My name, yet they do not know Me. They use My name flippantly and carelessly. They have no regard for Me, no regard for My spirit, no regard for anything but themselves. It is time to know Me, to know who I am, to love Me fully, to give yourself to me freely. For as you come to know Me, you become more like Me. So come, come know Me and let Me change your heart sayeth the Lord.
When someone receives the Holy Spirit, the lense they look through changes. They begin to think holy. God, now that He is in that person, has a louder voice in their life. They have new conviction…holy conviction. God has put a pure and Godly heart within them. The enemy attempts to grab their attention through old thought patterns and escapes but they no longer want to do these things. This is the change that has been made, their heart, what they want. What they want isn’t like everyone else in the world. They are now separate from how the world operates. Everything in them has changed but unless a person feeds this change, they will either stay the same and never grow into spiritual maturity or the darkness of the world. This change is the spirit of God within. The only way a person will continue to mature and change is if they seek after the God that lives within them with all they are. This is how a believer is sustained. God is our salvation and when we get to know Him, we get to know our salvation. We seek God because He is good but salvation comes from a good God. The bible also says, “the goodness of God leads men to repentance.” The bible also says, “we love Him because He first loved us.” After you are filled with the holy spirit you have a pure heart. After you have a pure heart you want God and you want Him because He is good and He loves you. With all of this said, God will not be threaded through the eye of the needle of your life. God will not be a means to which someone achieves blessings. God will only be true salvation and blessing to those who conform to His terms, and His terms are that you love Him with all that you are. When you love Him you will be changed so that you can love your brother properly. (Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.) By spending time with God you will know Him, and the more you know Him, the more you will love Him. The new conviction that I previously talked about in this article is what God wants but will only be complete when it is backed up by works.” Faith without works is dead” These convictions will only be fulfilled by the grace and power of God. His assistance and His strength. If you want works to go with your conviction, just go to God, knowing that He has the power to do what needs to be done and He wants to do it, and tell Him what you want and ask Him for His help to achieve it. If God gave you the conviction He will not leave you to struggle with your flesh, He will help you if you submit to Him. (Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:) If God gives you a conviction He will also, if you let Him, cause that conviction to become work. When your convictions change, your works change. Your life is changed. All it takes is for you to obey God and let Him do what He wants to do. All it takes is a pure heart that truly hungers for God and His purposes. The people who love God with all they are and live a holy life are the ones that bring God’s change into the world. All we have to do is submit to Him and He will do the work through us. We are to bring change to this world. This change is within us. God wants to love His people through you. All you have to do is say yes to His call. Become an available vessel for God to use and watch what God does through you. Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me
1 Timothy 1:5 KJV Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Has deep cried out to deep? Have you sought Me in earnest desire? For lo, I will speak to you. I will speak to you the deep mysteries of My goodness, My love, and of all I am. Yes, I will speak to you the deep things of Me. For lo, I will be found of those who seek Me. I will call to you. I will come in unto you in the secret place, in that place of intimate communion. Set your face like flint. Yes, set it towards Me. For I will come in unto you. I will cover you with the blanket of my spirit, the blanket of My presence and swaddle you and comfort you. Yes, come to Me, let Me cover you and touch the deep parts of who you are. Let deep cry out to deep. For I will transform you, I will change you and I will overflow you sayeth the Lord of hosts.
Has My beauty been marred? For lo, religion, traditions of men and the flesh have tried. Yet know this, I will be glorified amongst all men. I will be magnified amongst all nations. For I have set aside those whose hearts are towards Me. I have set aside My bride. For lo, My bride shines forth My beauty, those who are pure, holy, without spot or wrinkle. For they shall shine forth and be Me on this earth. So I say, stand up. Let go of the filthiness of the flesh. Let go of the doctrines of men. Let go of the world and sin. For I have called you. Yes, I have called you out to be My people, holy, set apart just for Me sayeth the Lord.