Persevering in prayer has many benefits, enriching both our spiritual life and our relationship with the Lord and with the Body of Christ.
If we mean business with the Lord and make a vow before Him concerning our prayer life, and then we daily practice to have set times of prayer in which prayer is our main preoccupation, we will slowly become a duplication of Christ as the Man of prayer, standing on the earth for God.
There are many benefits of prayer, and the ones below are the top three I recently enjoyed in my study of the Word.
Setting our mind on the things above
Through prayer we set our mind on the things which are above, where Christ is (Col. 3:2). The best way to set our mind on the things in the heavens is through prayer.
When we pray, we focus not on our needs but rather on Christ’s heavenly ministry, and we enter into His intercession for all the churches (Heb. 7:25; 8:2). We care for God’s need, for His kingdom, and He will take care of our need (Matt. 6:33).
By focusing on the things above, we become a reflection of the Head of the Body, Christ, and we will utter in the earth the prayers He utters in the heavens for the fulfilling of His will – this is the way He carries out His economy and fulfills His administration.
We become God’s ambassadors, His representatives on the earth, being the extension of God’s kingdom on the earth (2 Cor. 5:20).
We will be those filled with the divine life, those determined of gaining the honor of being well pleasing to him, those constrained by the love of Christ, and those who know everyone according to the spirit and not according to the flesh. Only when we pray can we be such ones as God’s ambassadors.
Recharging our spiritual batteries
Through prayer we enter into the Holy of Holies to touch the throne of grace, and here we receive the Triune God as mercy and grace for timely help (Heb. 4:16).
Through prayer we recharge our spiritual batteries, receiving the heavenly electricity into our being. Whether our prayers are answered or not is secondary – what matters is that we receive the flow of grace to supply us!
When we touch the throne of grace, grace as a river shall flow – Hallelujah! When we pray and touch the throne of grace, we receive the supply and the flowing river of grace – the enjoyment is so rewarding, so supplying, and so satisfying!
The reason many believers are not so living and fresh with the Lord in their Christian life is because they don’t constantly recharge their spiritual battery.
Many times during the day we need to come forward with boldness to the throne of grace through persevering in prayer, so that our spiritual battery may be recharged with the divine heavenly electricity!
Don’t be short of prayer but continually seek to be recharged by persevering in prayer!
Praying to fellowship with the Lord
When we pray, we enter into a deeper fellowship with the Lord and we have the sense that we are one spirit with Him.
How can we fellowship with the Lord in spirit (John 4:24)? The best way is to pray. The way to have the Lord’s presence and His anointing, the way to have sweet fellowship with the Lord, is to pray.
The more we pray, the more we have that sweet feeling that we are one spirit with the Lord, and we have His presence with us. His precious smile, His smiling face, is our reward. What a blessing, to have the Lord’s presence when we pray!
Just as Moses in Exo. 33:11-14, we want to spend face-to-face time with God, so that we may see what’s in His heart and be infused with His desire.
This is what makes us distinct among all the nations, the fact that we have God’s presence with us all the time.
Lord, keep us persisting in prayer. Strengthen our set times with You all throughout the day. May we not lose heart as we pray. Rather, Lord, we want to recharge our spiritual battery by having times of prayer to touch the throne of grace and enjoy the flowing river of life! O Lord, Your precious smile is our reward. We love to spend time with You, fellowship with You in prayer, and enjoy Your presence in prayer!
References and Further Reading
- Sharing inspired from portions in, Life-study of Colossians, msg. 65, as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 4 (entitled, Persevering in Prayer).
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- Hymns on this topic:
# O Jesus, Lord, with me abide; / I rest in Thee, whate’er betide; / Thy gracious smile is my reward; / I love, I love Thee, Lord!
# In the holiest place, touch the throne of grace, / Grace as a river shall flow.
- Pictures source: with permission via, Inspiration Unlimited (Prayer and the Lord’s Move set).