Nourishing Christian Family Through Prayer - December 2011

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NOURISHING CHRISTIAN FAMILY THROUGH PRAYER “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:5) PRAYER is one of Christian virtues that believers cherish most. It is said that ‘prayer is the master key’. Knowing the importance prayers play in the life of a believer, many Christians have made it a point to commit their lives to it, and have also led their family to appreciate the life of prayer. God is our loving Heavenly Father. He is interested in us as his children. The only means we can enjoy his presence and fellowship is to cultivate the attitude of prayer. As a father and head of my family, I made a personal commitment to make this spiritual habit our precious fundamental bedrock. Personal Testimony: Nourishing Christian family through prayer therefore became a core food for thought. While attending the International College for Officers and the Center for Spiritual Life Development, I established a prayer link with my family at home in Lagos, Nigeria. Since this attitude had been enjoyed even before our appointment in Nigeria, my family welcomed the idea of taking a particular book in the Bible, read a portion, discuss some thoughts and then pray about it/them. Upon my return to Lagos, my family and I continued with this exercise and intensified our prayer life. A pattern of prayer known as; ‘ACID’ was introduced. Ordinarily, we know that ACID is a powerful chemical or liquid. Using the ACID pattern of prayer means that we come to the Father whose power is above all powers and whose love is divine. The introduction of ACID prayer is hereby shared, with the letters; ‘A’ – being ‘C’ – as ‘I’ – as ‘D’ – as ‘Adoration’ - Psalm 95:2; 100:4; Philippians 4:6 ‘Confession’ – 1 John 1:8-9 ‘Intercession’ – 1 Timothy 2:1; Hebrews 7:25 ‘Dedication’ – 2 Chronicles 29:31 ADORATION: The Holiness and Majesty of God deserve nothing from his children than our role in adoring, glorifying and thanking him for who he is and what he does for us. When we come to God our Father in this attitude and spirit, it warms his loving heart toward us in blessing. We can accept the fact that there are challenging situations we encounter in life each day, such as the one Peter experienced. However, learning to adore God even in those times is an opportunity to express our gratitude to God in his saving power on our lives and his ability to see us through in every difficult situation. CONFESSION: God is a Holy God. We come before him as his children with our shortcomings in confessing to him our sins and iniquities and pleading the blood of Christ for forgiveness of sins. We believe God hears us when we genuinely confess to him. We affirm his promise, that when we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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INTERCESSION: With this assurance we then come before him, knowing that we have been forgiven, and begin to intercede for others, bringing their need before our Holy and Loving God and Father. Our faith is firm in Christ, that God answers the prayers made in and on behalf of others. Praying beyond our own need has been so cherished in our family. In our intercessory prayer, we adopted a means of praying for a particular country each day. Since we adopted this style of praying, we have prayed for every country in Africa Continent and have extended our prayers to other countries around the world, remembering political crisis and tensions as well as natural and artificial phenomenon befalling nations. What a blessing it is to bring the need of other nations before God in prayer, and believe that our God is able to meet all needs. There is no other way to nourish a family through prayer than in this way! We live in a time that God wants individuals or a group of Christians who would stand in for our world and devote their lives to intercede for the world. Our father of faith, Abraham, stood in for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah in his time – Genesis 18:20-33. The LORD God needs faithful ones like you and me to commit our lives in the ministry of intercession, so as to bring the burdens and challenges befalling individual lives in particular and nations in general before Him, trusting that He will hear us and heal our land – 2 Chronicles 7:14 DEDICATION: The strength to do the right and to live a holy life for God depends on our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. This means that our constant dedication in each day of our lives to him, through his Spirit and to trust him to guide us is a sure way of relying on the strength of the Lord and not on our own effort as a people. It is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord. To dedicate ourselves to God each day means to depend on him alone for our survival. Challenges in life: In life we encounter many challenges, but we can overcome those challenges through prayer. The verse in Acts 12:5 is a wonderful lesson that the believers in that time learnt to meet negative challenges with positive responses. There are kinds of ‘imprisonment’ experiences we go through in life. The ability to turn ‘stumbling blocks’ into ‘stepping stones’ depends on our prayer life. I can testify to the fact that prayer has been the main source of strength in our ministry and family life. That is what we depend on, with the Word of God as our sure tool and backbone. As a couple, we felt that introducing our children into a life of prayer is a vital and a sure way of nourishing their faith in Christ Jesus as our Saviour, God as our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit as our constant helper and companion in life. How are you helping your family in this way of life? Is Christ the center of the home? Does the Word of God play important role in the family? Do you remember to come together as a family to adore God, confess to him, intercede for others and dedicate your lives to him? If this is not happening, then I urge you, it is not too late. You can begin now, even today! Lieut-Colonel Samuel Baah Training Principal Ghana Territory
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