How Do I Start The Devotional Life?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.”
 

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The Devotional Life: Studying God’s Word

2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
 

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Jesus’ Prayer Life: The Revelation of God’s Glory and Purposes

Luke 9:18-36 says, “18And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? 19They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

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Jesus’ Prayer Life: Seeing the Bigger Picture

Luke 6:12-19 says, “12And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. 17And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.”


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Jesus’ Prayer Life: Always Humble

Luke 5:12-26 says, “12And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 13And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 15But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 16And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
17And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
 

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Jesus’ Prayer Life: The Calming of the Storm

Mark 6:45-52 says, “45And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 46And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. 47And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. 48And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. 49But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 50For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 51And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. 52For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”
 
Jesus made alone time with the Father, and from the place of prayer a storm came. Oftentimes, we confuse storms as always trouble, but we must always remember that a storm surrounds the throne of God because from His presence comes lightning and thunder! The storm may have caused fear on the disciples, but it presented an opportunity for Jesus to show forth His greatness. This was during the fourth watch of the night, which would be between 3-6:00 a.m. The moment Jesus stepped into the boat with the disciples, the wind ceased, but the disciples missed their opportunity to execute the authority God had given them, forgetting the miracle of the loaves. TPT Commentary reads, “The two lessons of the multiplied loaves were the following: (1) that Jesus had all power to meet every need, and (2) that the disciples carried this power with them, for the bread multiplied in their hands. They were also a part of the miracle.” Just as the bread multiplied in the hands of the disciples, carrying the word of God and obeying it, had they utilized the authority Christ had given them, they would have rebuked the winds, and they would have ceased! When our prayer lives mirrors that of Christ’s, then we will operate in the same authority that He has even to this very day! 


Jesus’ Prayer Life: The Uprising of Praying Evangelists

Mark 1:35-39 says, “35And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 37And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 38And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 39And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.”

If Jesus had to pray, what in the world makes us thing that we can live for God without prayer? From a devotional life before His Father, Jesus was able to effectively evangelize the gospel. People wanted to hear His messages and be a part of the miracles. He even went to the synagogues, or churches, to “cast out devils”, indicating that they can be welcomed there. From this solitary place, the Spirit of the LORD guided Jesus to go to the next towns to preach. We must be careful not to do anything in ourselves when it comes to evangelistic words, but be led by the Holy Spirit. If evangelism is done to make ourselves feel better about ourselves and more accomplished, then we are doing them for the wrong reason. We will not win people by becoming another social club or trying to “out entertain” the world, but by truly mirroring God’s love to people through authentic evangelism. Love is not something that you change your mind and start doing in a day. If you have more of God, then you will have more love, for God is love (1 John 4:8). Love is not something you are taught or forced. You cannot make someone care. It is instilled and becomes natural through a kingdom family!
God longs to raise up the praying evangelists. They are not just the ministers who pray, but they effectively release conviction on people and strategically pray the manifestation of the kingdom in certain areas where the gospel must be preached. The intention is to set the tone for the harvest! Matthew 9:35-38 says, “35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” This is a command from Jesus to pray. Therefore, we must align our prayer with His, knowing that He would never instruct us to pray about something that He Himself would not pray. People were being healed and lives forever changed, but they were scattered because they were not enough shepherds taking these new converts under their wings. Soul-winning may belong to the evangelists, but spiritual fatherhood belongs to the shepherds! We need a shepherding generation of fathers and mothers who will take these adopted sons and daughters under their wings and raise them in the knowledge and fear of the LORD. That is how you sustain a harvest!


The Power of a Devotional Prayer Life

Matthew 6:5-8 (TPT) says, “5 Whenever you pray, be sincere and not like the pretenders who love the attention they receive while praying before others in the meetings and on street corners. Believe me, they’ve already received in full their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your innermost chamber and be alone with Father God, praying to him in secret. And your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly. 7 When you pray, there is no need to repeat empty phrases, praying like those who don’t know God, for they expect God to hear them because of their many words. 8 There is no need to imitate them, since your Father already knows what you need before you ask him.”

Matthew 6:5-8 (KJV) says, “5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
 

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Abusing God’s Grace, Pt. 2

Romans 6:14-15 says, “14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”


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Abusing God’s Grace, Pt. 1

Romans 6:14-15 says, “14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”


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