Christian Living · Reflections

Lessons on Prayer from Dr. Roderick Meredith

Prayer is our lifeline to God. And since our relationship with the Lord is the most essential relationship we can ever cultivate, prayer serves as the most powerful tool we are immensely fortunate to have. In Dr. Roderick C. Meredith’s 2006 message, Break Through Prayers, he shared some valuable keys to making the most of our prayer life:

1. Make prayer a habit and persevere on that habit.

Developing right habits is the key to character. In order to make prayer part of our daily routine, we must strive to pray first thing in the morning before anything else interfere. To do this, it is crucial to grasp the fact that our contact with God is way more important than physical food and rest. Throughout the day, we must not also cease in praying, meaning to say, remaining in a prayerful state. Finally, we must not let the day end without us kneeling before the great God of the universe. For if we keep coming and coming to Him in supplication, would He not deliver us? In Luke 18:7-8 it is recorded that “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily…”

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2. Have the right attitude on prayer.

As a guide to the proper approach to praying, a model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 was provided for us to follow: “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” The Scripture teaches us to start off by worshiping the Lord and focusing on His greatness. Then, we show sincere gratitude by thanking Him for all the blessings we receive before enumerating our list of petitions. After that, it is also vital that we cry out in repentance for our iniquities. Here, we ask God to forgive us while we, in turn, forgive others. We must not also forget to ask for His divine guidance and protection as we go about our everyday dealings. Finally, we close our prayer by praising the Eternal.

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3. Put your heart in your prayer.

According to Dr. Meredith, Mr. Armstrong used to observe that one of the biggest mistakes God’s people commit is that we do not put our hearts in our prayers. But, it is imperative that we pray fervently, diligently, and in detail about every aspect of our life if we want to develop a close relationship with the Lord. Praying to God with every fiber of our being also enable us to overcome more powerfully as it is written in Matthew 26:41: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation…for the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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To view Dr. Meredith’s powerful sermon, click on: http://www.lcg.org/cgi-bin/lcg/sermons/lcg-sermons.cgi?category=Sermon1&item=1157094057

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