Effectual Prayers Part One Incense

EFFECTUAL PRAYERS

INCENSE

PART ONE

“And another angel came and stood at the altar,
having a golden censer;
and there was given unto him much incense,
that he should offer it
WITH the prayers of all saints

upon the golden altar
which was before the throne”
(Revelation 8:3)

Praying effectually begins with God, not ourselves. Praying is first and foremost an act of faith. It is the fruit of a relationship that has its foundation built upon the merits of Jesus Christ. This relationship is entered into by faith that translates an individual who by nature is alienated from God to being born into the family of God. Faith is the very atmosphere of Heaven; it is the air we breathe and the inspiration of all that pertains to God’s Glory in the earth. We are reminded in the scriptures that “without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God”. Faith “sees” God, it “feels” God’s heart for any situation and it touches God concerning things of the Spirit.

Since praying effectually begins with God we must first see that we are not left to our own efforts or resources in having God hear us. We have much help and resources in heavenly places. Effectual prayer can only come from “seeing” what transpires in our petitions as we offer them up unto our Heavenly Father. In this way faith brings confidence and power to our prayers. We see in heavenly places that “much incense” is offered “with the prayers of ALL saints”! Even our feeble prayers are turned into strong prayers for we are not alone! We have the help and divine enablement to not allow our “feelings”, our failures or the enormity of situations to interfere with the offering up of fervent and effectual prayers.

“Elias was a man
subject to like passions as we are,

and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain:
and it rained not on the earth
by the space of three years and six months”
(James 5:17)

The seeing of heavenly realities brings forth strong expressions from the lives of those in which this faith is alive. Effectual praying is dependent upon God’s provisions not ours. May we be encouraged and strengthened in the inner man to…

“… come boldly
unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need”
(Hebrews 4:16)

Effectual Prayers Part Two – Love
Effectual Prayers Part Three – Righteousness
Effectual Prayers Part Four – Humility and Repentance
Effectual Prayers Part Five – Wisdom
Effectual Prayers Part Six – Asking Largely
Effectual Prayers – Part Seven – Elisha and Jericho
Effectual Prayers – Part Eight – Ruth and Boaz
Effectual Prayers – Part Eleven – The Fragrance of Prayer

 

Brian Troxel

STRONG HOPE FOR NOW

STRONG HOPE FOR NOW

“What I am doing you do not understand now”
JOHN 13:7

Can we trust that this is so in the now of our life? Is there a situation, a perplexity, a painful circumstance that seems to linger without any “proof” that there is an end in sight? Can we with the faith and trust of a child look to the unseen hand of God and believe that even in this HE IS AT WORK? His ways are higher, deeper and motivated by a love and desire to bring us to a greater relationship with HIM. He will not waste or squander the short and precious time that we have here. It is our part to behold HIS work and believe in the hidden hand of HIS wisdom to work for us “the exceeding, and eternal weight of glory” while we by faith walk in the circumstances before us.

“What I am doing you do not understand NOW”

This is the statement of a wise and gracious Father who is working, at this moment, to bring to pass HIS PURPOSES in our life. Though we may not yet see we believe that HE who knows us best loves us most! The clay must be firmly and painfully pressed and molded, the gold heated and tried in the furnace. The lukewarm heart must be subjected to circumstances to revive its warmth and passion for Him, the prodigal son “must come to himself”, and the fruitful branch must be pruned. All these things ARE FOR OUR BENEFIT AND LEARNING.

“What I AM DOING you do not understand now”

Can we see above the storm clouds that this is HIS HAND? Could Joseph possibly grasp that his “brothers” selling him into the hands of rough and heathen men was God’s “DOING”? From God’s perspective HE was sending a man into Egypt, (Psalm 105:17) to one day be the means of deliverance to these same brothers. From the misery and drudgery of slavery and prison rose a wise and tested PRINCE; one whom the fires, darkness and testing did not destroy but were actually servants of the MOST HIGH GOD.

“For You, O God, hast proved us: you have tried us, as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net; You laid affliction upon our loins.
Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water:
but you have brought us out into a wealthy place”

PSALM 66:10 – 12

A wealthy Christian life is one that is going through the processes of HIS LIFE. These are not ones who cry and despair of their poverty; they have discovered and have tasted of the wealthy place. Their waters fail not in drought; their resources are hidden and true. They are like trees that “bear fruit” in every season for their roots are drinking of the River of Life (Revelation 22:2). Let us not succumb to the present circumstances but let us in FAITH and TRUST believe in the ONE that says

“WHAT I AM DOING YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND NOW,
BUT YOU WILL KNOW AFTER…”

JOHN 13:7

Brian Troxel