34 - Phases of Prayer - 2

4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
Psalms 27:4 (NKJV)

There are different phases of prayer. First there is worship, which we discussed yesterday.

The next phase of prayer is fellowship.

In prayer there is not only the worship of a king, but fellowship as of a child with God.
Christians take far too little time in fellowship. They think prayer is just coming with their petitions.

If Christ is to make me what I am to be, I must tarry in fellowship with God. If God is to let his love enter in and shine and burn through my heart, I must take time to be with Him.

The smith puts his rod of iron into the fire. If he leaves it there but a short time it does not become red hot. He may take it out to do something with it and after a time put it back again for a few minutes, but this time it does not become red hot.

In the course of the day he may put the rod into the fire a great many times and leave it there two or three minutes each time, but it never becomes thoroughly heated. If he takes time and leaves the rod ten or fifteen minutes in the fire the whole iron will become red hot with the heat that is in the fire.

So if we are to get the fire of God's holiness and love and power we must take more time with God in fellowship.
That was what gave men like Abraham and Moses their strength.

They were men who were separated to a fellowship with God, and the living God made them strong.
Oh, if we did but realize what prayer can do!

adapted from the book
The Master's Indwelling by Andrew Murray, 1896

Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!

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