Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prayer, A New Twist on High Five Day!

By:  Angela Lee Price

"And He said to them, 'Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing set before him'; and he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in the bed; I cannot rise and give to you'?  I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give  him as many  as he needs.  So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you"' Luke 11:9 NKJV.

On this National High Five Day, let's take the high five to a whole new level through prayer and intercession! Our communities need prayer like never before!  People of God, give the Lord a "high five!" Do it not because you are so good, but because God is so good. He is worthy to be praised! He heals, delivers, sanctifies, sets free, restores, and mostly importantly, Jesus saves!

A high five is more than what we do on Sunday mornings when the sermon gets good; more than something we do to when our team is winning.  A high five are the names of five people for whom we are constantly praying! These are five people who may be hard to reach.  These are people who may have given up on God.  They may not want to about Jesus, but you can pray for them. Ask, seek, and knock in your prayers as you tell the Lord about the needs of your five friends, relatives, co-workers, even your enemies. Pray in the name of Jesus. You are asking the One with all power on earth and in heaven to touch their lives when you pray in Jesus name for your friends and family, even your enemies to receive Christ.
Saul of Tarsus was a powerful enemy of Christian. No one could witness to him. He was full of hate. He persecuted Christians, but he met Jesus on the Road to Damascus and became one of the greatest proponents for Christianity who ever lived.

The Lord hears our requests when we ask, seek, and knock not because we are so good, but because of our persistence in prayer, "I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs (Luke 11:8). Never doubt that God is able to do exceeding, abundantly more than we can ask or think according to the power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).
Do NOT think your prayers are weak or ineffective for the five people who are hard to reach or who may have rejected Jesus Christ. If they are hard, you "go hard" in your prayer life!  Ask, seek, and knock are really three different ways of doing the same thing.   In order words, you should ask, and ask, and keep on asking in prayer.  Now give yourself the highest of fives, a list of five people you are constantly praying for. Friends don't let friends miss heaven!  So, intercede to high heaven for your five people to be saved or reconnected to Jesus Christ today! Don't give up on them because God didn't give up on us!   Jesus died and rose again while we were yet sinners that we might have relationship with God, an abundant life here on earth, and eternal life in heaven. There is power in prayer! The prayers of the righteous availeth much!!


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