Dig Deeper Part 2

Psalm 39:12 (ESV)  12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers. 

Digging Deeper Truth #2 – Keep Digging Deeper Into Prayer

Charles Spurgeon- “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” 

E.M. Bounds- God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.

1 John 5:14–15 (ESV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Penned Truth: You must not stop digging in prayer! If you do, you likely gave up right before your breakthrough.

Luke 11:1 (NLT) 1 Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 

Luke 11:5–10 (NLT) 5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. 

Luke 11:9-10 (AMPCE) 9 So I say to you, Ask and [a]keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and [b]keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and [c]keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks and [d]keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and [e]keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and [f]keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.

Defined: The biblical understanding of prayer sets God as a personal being who hears the prayers of his people. It’s intentional communication with God, a dialogue between the Great I Am and me. 

Joshua 6:1-5 (NLT) 1 Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. 2 But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. 3 You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. 4 Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. 5 When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.” 

Proverbs 3:5–6 (ESV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Penned Truth: Our mind says, look at your Jericho; its mud brick walls are so thick and tall that God’s battle plan of prayer is ridiculous.  

1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (ESV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Final Statement: God wants to be the most essential part of your life and show you extraordinary things you can only grasp in His presence. We boost our connection to God with prayer. Prayer is the fuel that keeps our spiritual life growing and moving closer to God every day. Never stop praying. Constantly dig deeper in prayer and pursue a deeper relationship with God. Nothing will significantly impact your life more than digging deeper into the Word and Prayer.