Looking at my prayer board I am reminded of the extreme importance of prayer. Just for salvations I have listed 89 names; not to mention marital and relationship issues, health-healing-wholeness, jobs and financial issues, godly spouses for those in waiting, family reconciliations, and all the other needs. A few months back I was asked by my friend Lori to speak to the Impact Girls at church about the importance of prayer. As I began research on it I learned some important lessons. So today I am going to share with you and prayerfully you will see the preeminence of prayer.
The definition for prayer on Google is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. It is our way of communicating with our Heavenly Father and it is mentioned over 250 times in scripture. Jesus prayed to God regularly, so just think for a moment, if he prayed it must be truly significant. Now think for a second about Jesus going into the Judean Wilderness for 40 days to fast and pray. If prayer wasn’t vital; do you think he would have subjected himself to such? So if it is imperative to him; then perhaps it should be to us also!
There are numerous reasons why we should pray. It is an act of obedience; therefore God commands us to pray. So if we are obedient to His will; then prayer must be a part of our life. In doing so we communicate with God, sharing all aspects of our life with Him. This ranges from confession of sins and asking of help to overcome them; to presenting request, an expression of gratitude, an acknowledgement of who is in control of our life, and as worship and praise. Without communication with God our relationship will suffer, just as it would in any other relationship; because in order to know someone there has to be open communication between the two of you. Think of prayer as your lifeline as it is always available; regardless of where you are. You simply talk to God as you would your best friend; pouring your heart out and sharing everything that concerns you. He always listens; He always cares and will never leave you hanging and He will always answer your call.
**1 John 5:14-15 – Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will. He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Prayer allows us to participate in God’s work as it is a means that he has ordained for some things to happen. He has established it as part of the plan for accomplishing His will to be done. As we pray and intercede it opens a door to help others know the love of Jesus. And it’s also a way in which obstacles are cleared for God to work. An example of this is my daughter praying for me after she received Christ as her Savior when she was 13 years old. After months of prayer and living in a difficult home life; God answered her prayers as I gave my life to Christ. Through all of her praying and faith she was granted the privilege to experience God. She was given power to overcome evil and her emotional needs were met. And through the answered prayer she was given something to serve as a potential witness for those who doubt.
Our praying keeps us humble before God and strengthens our relationship with Him. And it also strengthens the bond between fellow Christians when we pray together. A group of us get together on Monday nights at church for intercessory prayer. When doing so we pray for the needs of others, the country, the world, etc. We humbly cry out to God to move on behalf of each and every need. In doing so, I have seen God move in the lives of many including my own. And I always look forward to that time with the precious few for it truly does strengthen the bond between us.
One important thing to remember is prayer can succeed where other means have failed. But it should never be our last resort; but should always be our first response. There are times when sincere prayer must be offered in order to accomplish something. But we should ask for things that are right of God. Think of prayer as your lifeline – your Emergency 911. And remember this, a family that prays together, stays together!
** Philippians 4:19
To God be all the Glory, Honor & Praise, Forever, Amen!
Much Love to Y ou All,
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