Today we kick off a three-part series on three separate areas of prayer. When we understand these three essential areas of prayer–we will pray more effectively for ourselves and others.
From both the example and the teaching of Jesus, we know that the Christian life does not consist of doing things–not working at Christian tasks–but of a relationship with Himself. This relationship is build through prayer.
The Bible gives many examples of how prayer is involved in this personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
The Prayer of Surrender (Acts 9:6)
On the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus–chief persecutor of the Christians–was gloriously converted and became Paul, the anointed Apostle to the Gentiles. When he heard the voice of his Lord, and recognized Who had spoken to him, he had only one possible response–as we do:
“Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6 NKJV)
When Saul became Paul, he yielded his life completely to the will and work of Jesus Christ. He surrendered, and never again would be disobedient to his Master. That was the work of God’s transforming grace in the life of one man–and an example of the transformation that God seeks in the life of everyone He saves.
Ask it for yourself right now: “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
Be sure to check back next week for Part 3 of this series.