Faithful in Prayer

I can’t count the times I’ve read the above verse, but today I got a new understanding of what it means to be “faithful in prayer.” I had taken it to be “faithful” in prayer as a general sense. But now I understand it in a new dimension: to be faithful to a specific cause.

If God puts a burden on your heart, as only He can do, you need to be faithful in prayer. I have prayed most of my life. I have stacks of prayer journals. The top drawer of my nightstand is filled with cards containing prayer needs and names of people I have prayed for over the years. And still pray for!

These are all people and needs that I have chosen to pray for. Mostly because people have asked for my prayers.

A few weeks ago, “out of the blue” (but we know that nothing is out of the blue when it comes to God), God put a name on my heart. There is no humanly explainable reason why I should be thinking about that person or getting a heavy burden to pray for him, other than God placing it in me. And now I understand another dimension of being “faithful in prayer.”

Here are some more good words on this subject:

  • “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph 6:18).
  • “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col 4:2).
  • “Pray continually” (1 Thess 5:17).

Now I have this new responsibility, much different than all the needs and wants written in my journals and in the cards I have in my nightstand. This is a very specific assignment, and when God gives you an assignment, you better be faithful.

While thinking of this person—a man of God—I have been assigned to pray for, I couldn’t help but put my thoughts into ABC’s.

Sarah (my 3-year-old granddaughter) and I both love ABC’s. She loves the noodles (with letters) in soups and other canned goods. That’s what she wants for lunch and that is what her Rapunzel has when we talk about what she is going to have for dinner.

I love to make different lists of ABC’s. I have a binder full of them. So here comes another list of ABC’s. If you want a print-out, click here for a pdf: ABC’s of faithful prayer.

 ABC’s of faithful prayer

A bandoned-to-Jesus, anchored-in-Him prayer
B lessing and believing prayer
C ontinual and covering prayer
D evoted deliverance prayer
E nduring and encouraging prayer
F ervant and faithful prayer
G rateful, glorifying God prayer
H onest and hopeful prayer
I ntense intercessory prayer
J oyful and jubilant Jesus-honoring prayer
K eep-on-keeping on kind of prayer
L oving and lingering prayer
M erciful, mountain-moving prayer
N oble, not-giving-up prayer
O bedient, on-all-occasions prayer
P raiseful and persevering prayer
Q uiet and questful prayer
R esilient and always-rejoicing prayer
S acrificial Spirit-filled prayer
T hankful and trusting prayer
U ndivided and uninhibited prayer
V alient and vicarious prayer
W atchful and wooing prayer
X ‘pectant and exuberant prayer
Y ielding your will prayer
Z ealous prayer

May God bless you with a special assignment in prayer!

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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One Response to Faithful in Prayer

  1. lee says:

    what an inspiring ABC’s on faithful prayer. I just started a blog/page about prayer ministry, to pray for people. I would like to share your ABC’s on my blog if you may 🙂 And if you have prayer requests you can just post it on my page and we will be praying for you or your family. God Bless!

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