1} SIGN OF SPIRITUAL LIFE.
Just as the physical body needs oxygen, the spiritual life begins with prayer. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, the Christian’s native air. Jesus, the Ascended LORD said of Paul, “behold, he prayeth” (Acts 9:11)
2} BECAUSE THERE IS A PERSONAL DEVIL
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) When I was a very young convert, more than 40 years ago, I used to go into my room, shut the door and pray. Oh, how Satan wanted to hinder and stop me from praying – suddenly cars would blare their horns, dogs would bark at cats, baby would cry and all sorts of distractions would come my way to keep me from praying. Thank Almighty God, when I persisted in prayer, resisted the devil – he fled.
3) ABUNDANT PROVISIONS – ONLY ASK
The only legitimate way to receive good things and all things is to ask God – God is Our Provider.
“Thou art coming to a King;
Large petitions with thee bring.
For His grace and power are such;
That none can ever ask too much.”
4) SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD
“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings (Psalm17:8}
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Ps 91:1)
5) THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH
Disney World and Universal Studio claim to be the happiest place on earth. God’s Word says, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in THY PRESENCE is FULLNESS OF JOY, at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11)
6) THE PRAYER MEETING IS POWER MEETING
The place of prayer is also the place of power. Leonard Ravenhill says, “When they have prayed the place is shaken but when we have paid the place is taken.”
7) CHRIST LIKENESS
“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteoousness: I shall be satisfiedd, when I awake, with thy likeness (Ps 17:15}
If you put a bar of iron in the fire you may say that the iron is in the fire. As the fire permeates and penetrates the iron we may now say that the fire is in the iron. As we daily live our lives in the Presence of Christ we will allow the very Presence of Christ to permeate our whole being until the very image and likeness of Christ be formed in us. Oh, that will be glory indeed!