2 Peter 3:11 – “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” NASB
Previously we considered the reality that we should be a Regenerated People and today we will consider some other types of people that we should be as believers.
WE SHOULD BE PRAYING PEOPLE.
I believe that prayer is natural for the believer and as natural and needed as breathing. It is our source of strength and a key in our understanding and guidance from the Spirit of God. But what is prayer? In the simplest definition, it is “communication with God.” It could be stated that prayer is the “spoken or unspoken desires of the heart.” It is an expression of wants, needs, desires, requests, and inquires uttered to God.
The Bible gives us some beautiful examples of praying people that we would do well to pattern our lives after. In the Old Testament, we have Abraham, the friend of God and his petition to God regarding Lot and Sodom is powerful. There is David, the man God said was a man after His own heart. David declared his view of communion and communication with God in Psalms 55:17 – “Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice.”
In the New Testament, the prime example is Jesus and He was so powerful and persistent in prayer that the disciples requested that He teach them to pray. That request would never have been made had there not been visible evidence of the effectiveness and power of His praying. We are told in Mark 1:35 that Jesus frequently would rise before the sun came up and pray and in Luke 6:12 we discover that there were times He would spend the entire night in prayer. He was and is our chief example and pattern for how to live and how to pray.
There are those in more modern times such as David Brainard and the man called Praying John Hyde. Incredible things were wrought by those who will expend the effort and energy coupled with faith to engage God in the ministry of prayer. Therefore, we ought to be a Praying People.
WE SHOULD BE A PEOPLE WHO STUDY THE WORD OF GOD.
Paul instructed Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”
It is vital for the believer to search the Scriptures for Truth. Truth that is not understood or received by the natural mind. 1 Corinthians 2:14 – “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” The Word of God is spiritual food and man cannot live by natural food alone as Jesus declared in Matthew 4:4.
The Bible is called the Sword of the Spirit as we read in Hebrews 4:12 and is incredibly powerful and purposeful. It is a sword to be used against the devil and with that sword we can send the enemy packing and pull-down strongholds. Jesus used it effectively and gave us a pattern for dealing with the devil through the Word of God.
Therefore, we should be Regenerated, People of Prayer, and those who Study the Word of God. This world is rapidly moving to the final hour of judgment. Judgment, the Bible tells us, will begin first at the House of God. Considering prophecy and world conditions, taking note of history it is incredibly dangerous to delay getting right with God.
Delay in getting right with God is an invitation to destruction. We have an account that must be settled. Jesus paid our debt, but for us to receive the benefit we must Repent and Receive His Grace. So, I ask, What Kind of Person are You? Are you what God desires and what He says you are? If not, why not? Now is the time. His promise is, if we will call upon Him, He will hear and answer our cries.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day, He has given us!