How many times do you pray each day? I admit that I don’t do it as often as I should. However I have gotten into a habit to pray when I wake up, when I go to sleep, when I am encountering a difficult task and when I’m out on the roads. I still need to do it more often!
I want you to understand something. The power of prayer, when you think about it, is really the power of God at work. God uses prayer as a way for us to communicate with Him in the way He has instructed us to (i.e. with fear, respect and reverence) and it brings glory to Himself. We should feel privileged that God has given us direct access to Him unlike in Old Testament times when everything had to be done via a priest.
Now let us consider the following verses:
- There is nothing impossible with God! (Luke 1:37)
- David called out to the Lord in his time of distress and the Lord heard Him. Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”
- In Psalm 17:6, David is beseeching the Lord to hear his prayer “I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.”
- Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.”
- Luke 18:1 “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart“
Pray Without Ceasing
What? “Pray without ceasing”? Are you kidding me? I kid you not! That’s what it says in 1 Thess 5:16. “Pray without ceasing”. Now we have to be very careful here because many people take this verse out of context and think that it means praying every moment – literally. That’s something impossible to achieve as human beings. We can’t even pray for 15 mins let alone 24 hrs a day. What it means is that our life should be constantly filled with prayer. We should pray regularly throughout the day. Praising God for His love, tender mercies, lovingkindness, help and comfort in time of need, hand of protection and guidance.
Does God Answer Prayer?
Yes He does. It may not be immediately and the answer may be a “yes”, “no”, “not yet” or “I have other plans for you”, but in every case He will always answer! God has answered my prayers many times without fail. He has gotten me through difficult times and protected me from harm. But there are many times the answer hasn’t been a “yes” and God has got some very good reasons why. We just have to trust Him.
Praying for each other as believers
James 5:16-18 “16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.“
Praying for one another is such an important thing for us to do as believers in the body of Christ. It says the “effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” so don’t forget that your prayers can and do make a difference. God does hear and He is pleased when you genuinely care about a brother or sister in need.
Earnest prayer is what is required because it shows God we are serious about our request. And here we have a good example of that with Elijah.
What kind of things should I pray?
Don’t constantly request things for yourself. Think about the needs of others! Don’t forget to praise God for all that He is and the way He is working in your life! Remember to be grateful when He answers your prayers!
- Praise God for His abundant grace, mercy, kindness and love
- Praise God for all that He is: His attributes and His Power
- Thank God for the blessings in life no matter how small
- Pray for other believers. Pray for the sick, for ministers of God’s word, the persecuted church and for those who are worse off than you.
- Pray for God’s will, wisdom and guidance for your life
- Pray that you would know more of His amazing character
- Confess your sins before God and repent of them. Ask for His forgiveness and divine help to do better.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you
Philippians 4:6-7 “6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So brothers and sisters, let’s pray more often!