A Little Reminder About Prayer

As I’ve gotten older, prayer has taken a more prominent role in my life. I used to be more concerned about what I could do about a situation but, after many failures because of my own inefficiencies, I’ve become more dependent on God knowing that He can do things that I cannot (see Ephesians 3:2o-21).

A great deal is said about prayer in God’s word. The disciples came to Jesus and asked Him how to prayer (Luke 11:1). The Lord gives us an example of how we ought to pray during His “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew Praying6:5-15). Paul reminds the Christians in Rome that the Spirit intercedes for them in their prayers (Romans 8:26) and the writer James reminds us that “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16 ESV).

The more I pray, the more I think back to passages like this. There are times when I’m not really all that sure what I should pray about or what I should be focusing on in my prayer. It is in those times that I’m thankful for these passages above. Jesus not only taught the disciples how to pray then, but He teaches us how to pray now.

There are those times as well that I feel as if my prayer may not be accomplishing anything (maybe you have felt the same) and it’s in those times that I’m thankful for the writing found in James. Pray can accomplish many great things. No it’s not all accomplished as I would like, but something is always accomplished.

I don’t know how hard-hitting or eye-opening this post is for you. I didn’t say anything you didn’t already know. Sometimes I think we forget just how incredible prayer is. Prayer is that time where we get to come to Father and bare it all. It is through prayer that we have the opportunity to tell God about absolutely EVERYTHING (worry, concern, joy, praise, heartache, triumphs, defeats, pain, happiness, etc.).

Prayer is a wonderful blessing. Let’s start taking advantage of it. We have a direct line of communication with the Creator of the universe! Let’s start using it. It is my hope that this post today has served as a good reminder of what prayer is, and that we need to take every opportunity to utilize this great life-line that we have.

After you finish reading this post please take the time to pray. Start now by putting prayer into action. Over the next few weeks I intend to write a couple more lessons about prayer. I hope you’ll come back and read those as we learn together just how important prayer should be in our everyday life. -Jack D.

More posts on prayer: Prayer Doesn’t Work; A Prayer for Today