John Wesley said "God does nothing redemptively but by prayer" - maybe "Creationism will only retake what has been lost to evolution when we pray for it." Breakthrough is surely unlikely to come UNLESS we take prayer seriously.
Ephesians 6:12 warns us to take up the whole armour of God, because "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this present world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" culminating by saying we should be "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." If we fight a spiritual enemy, and we do, we need to use the appointed spiritual weapon of prayer. Prayer for our ministry, coming from a sound spirituality, is essential for redemption.
Spirituality - the state of being "rightly" spiritual - is what we are UNDER our spiritual armour; being a soldier in peak condition, ready for service whenever and wherever necessary. It is having integrity, dying to self, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit, and determining to please God before anyone else. True spirituality is interacting INTIMATELY with God's Spirit - living in the freedom the grace of God brings, voluntarily putting oneself under the new law of Christ (the law of love), exercising a self-discipline which puts to death the things of the flesh, and pursuing the things of the kingdom. It is faith working by love as a love response to God for His staggeringly amazing love for us.
Prayer is communing with God, anywhere and at any time - involving Him in the thoughts, hopes, needs and events of the day. It is "the communication link to the Commander". He wants to hear constant reports from the field and to issue you accordingly with information and instructions - though He alone has information on the whole field of battle and ultimately knows what is-- best.
Prayer for others is exhorted in a few places in the Old Testament and periodically throughout the New - exemplified in Jesus. He prayed for individuals, for groups, and even for His enemies. He stimulates us to confident prayer - "and whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Matthew 21:22) and teaches us the right attitude in the Lord's Prayer - "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."
Jesus' specific prayer for us in John 18:20 & 21 is, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art on me, and I in thee, that they also might be one in us: that the world might believe that thou hast sent me." We must be "one in God" if the world is to believe and we can at least work and pray towards it as enabled. As an army, we can only win if every unit is working in its appointed place and in co-operation with all the others: encouraging them and not ignoring them.
A few practical tips to help you pray for Creationism:
Praying will strengthen you in the inner man from having co-operated with
God in His vast scheme of redemption, albeit to a small degree. Lift the
work of Creation Science before the Lord in prayer, to make effective all
our work done on His behalf, including that which might otherwise be wrought
in the flesh, and consequently fail.
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