The subject of prayer is one that has been widely explored in Christian circles, yet no one could ever say too much on the subject. Prayer is how we speak to the Lord. There are varying types of prayers such as prayers of praise, thanksgiving, petition, and intercession. It can be the highlight of our day, or, sadly, it can become a mundane, repetitious act that we perform out of obligation. It is sad to say that, with many people, it often becomes the latter rather than the former.
The Purpose of Prayer
Certainly, no one could say specifically why God has ordained prayer in the manner that He has. Yes, He wants a relationship with us, and, of course, prayer draws us closer to Him through Jesus Christ. However, there is a mystery to prayer. In Daniel 10:12, we are told that Daniel’s prayer was heard the first time he made his petition, but some type of war in the heavenly places delayed his answer.
In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah desperately desired children. She poured out her heart to God, and her request was granted. It would also be interesting to note that the priest thought she was drunk.
In the New Testament, Jesus had some things to say on the subject. He gave His disciples instruction as to prayer. A pattern was given, yet, He warned them to avoid vain repetition. Jesus was not saying we could not repeat prayer requests because He told the parable of the unjust judge and the widow. The widow persisted in her request for the judge to relieve her of her adversary. The judge finally granted her request because of her persistence.
Prayer Is Spiritual Warfare
Persistent and strategic prayers are a part of our spiritual warfare. After Paul explained each part of the armor of God, he concluded his discourse by making a reference to prayer. Although we do not totally understand it, prayer moves the heart of God. Prayer changes circumstances. Prayer makes the impossible possible.
Of course, we can not take any credit. The glory belongs to the Lord. He established this way of communication for which I am completely thankful. Although God is sovereign, He gives us choice. We must choose to participate in our relationship with Him.
Back to Prayer
When God’s people pray, mountains are moved. Nations are spared of judgment. People are saved, delivered, and healed. There was a time when people prayed for long periods of time, not caring who heard them. While I am not saying that you have to pray for a certain amount of time, I do believe we need to sacrifice time to pray for our nation, our world, our leaders, and each other. Sometimes, it means spending less time on another activity. Whatever the cost, we must be willing to spend time in prayer. Jesus did, and He is our example.
If you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can have it today. Romans 10:9-10 (MEV) states the following: “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth is made unto salvation.”