The call to be holy is a universal call in-spite of what you and I are called to do. You being called to the nations, called to be an Apostle, a Prophet, etc. does not exempt you or me from the responsibilities of Christian Living. Your gift is not the determined factor in justifying how you should behave and relate to God, God’s people and the world. The idea that God’s standards for Christian Living changes based on what you are called to do is un-biblical and tragic.
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” I Peter 4:12-13
“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
He rages against all wise judgment.”
The forth and last aspect of prayer is meditation. Biblical meditation is what the devil will challenge the most in our daily lives. Meditation is defined as: “To ponder, to think about something carefully.” Meditation is to “think about what the Lord spoke to us.” How can we take the words of the Lord lightly? How can we just stand up from kneeling in prayer and keep going about with our lives like a common man just spoke to us? I have heard the testimony of many brothers and sisters that have only begun to understand some of the things God shared with them, years after they heard from Him about particular issues. Let’s explore together this powerful aspect of prayer.
Do not think for a minute that the recognized high figures of the Gospel in America are simply “attacked by the enemy;” for they are being exposed by Me; says the Lord. For I have being dealing with them in the secret place for many decades; but they are refusing to listen to my ways of life and in the vanity of their minds they are finding justification for their increasingly detestable sins of sexual immorality and perversion.
James Chapman, host of A Passion for Writing, compiled a list of the “10 Most Read Books” in the world over the last fifty years. Once again, the Bible, without much of a contest, came way ahead of its competition with 3.9 billion copies sold. “Quotations From the Works of Mao Tse-tung” came at a distance second place with 820 million copies sold. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we see four basic reasons why God has given us so much access to His Word:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”
As we waited in anticipation of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, Christians from around the entire globe practiced this ongoing activity of listening, waiting and watching. As we watched television we saw American technological assistance, Chilean courage, global prayers, and God’s grace! It was certainly a proud and joyous moment for all the world last night, especially the people of Chile!
This aspect of prayer is very dangerous if handled the wrong way because we must make sure that we are indeed listening to God. Not everything that we listen to is from God even if it sounds spiritual.
Who took my song away? Who devoured my dreams? Who filled my heart with discouragement? Who took the light out of my life and the smile from off my countenance? How can that be? How can you be so important? Why did I allow you so much power in my life? You are a liar and have been since the very beginning. You came to give me hell; Jesus came to give me life.
The most common definition for prayer is “Talking to God.” However, talking to God is just one of four aspects of prayer. That is why I think it wise to use the following definition for prayer: “Communicating or exchanging information with God.