Why Pray?

There is incredible power in prayer. So why don’t people pray more?  Maybe it’s a lack of understanding about what prayer is; maybe a proper model for prayer has not been seen  or maybe it is because prayer in not promoted properly.  What is prayer?

Prayer boiled down to its smallest denominator is simply talking, or communicating to Jesus Christ.  It is no different from what you do many times a day at work or at home with friends and family.  It involves both telling and asking, both sharing and receiving.

Just as in any communications you can find loud talking, tears, emotion and intensity, laughter and crying, you will find these things, also, in your talking to God. Whether you talk loud or soft, whether you cry or laugh, whether you walk or kneel when praying, that you are talking to God is what matters. Prayer is the connector between a human being and a divine God.

Why people don’t pray is a tough one, but why people should pray is easy.  One man said, Prayer is the very heartbeat of the Christian walk.  It is infinitely more than an exercise in spending one’s time to best advantage.  Prayer is a force that reaches out for God.

When you think about prayer from a Christian perspective you are met with many maxims I have written down through the years.  For instance you could say about prayer the following statements.

Prayer is man speaking in God’s language.

Prayer if the life-blood of the Saint of God.

Prayer is ceaseless, deathless, and timeless.

Prayer links man’s impotence to God’s omnipotence.

Prayer is the key of the morning and lock of the evening.

Prayer, real prayer is hard work.

Prayer is the mightiest work in the universe.

Prayer is humbling work.

Prayer is not optional.

Prayer is the key that unlocks the vaults of heaven and distributes the blessings to creation.

Prayer is petitioning God.

Prayer stands nearest the throne, it’s Heaven’s only incense.

Prayer travels where none dare tread, and gains victory where all others meet defeat.

Prayer binds yesterday, brighten today, and beautifies tomorrow.

Prayer is the chief way to express our love to God, and the chief way we receive God’s love for us.

Prayer avails over doubt, assails fear, and prevails against unbelief.

Prayer is man’s greatest privilege and his greatest responsibility.

Thomas Brooks wrote, ‘Do not pray for easy lives.  Pray to be stronger men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.  Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Pray for great things, expect great things, work for great things, but above all, pray.

Prayer is not a possession, but a gift and privilege. Prayer provokes God to revoke his decrees, and replace his reproofs.  Prayer changes men, who then change their mission in life.

Prayer is not easy, not natural, not effectual, unless it springs from a heart fixed and anchored in Christ. Prayer is not an escape from responsibilities, it is our response to God’s ability.

Prayer is the highest order of business, for it links a powerless human to the creative force of God’s sovereign power.

Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. Real prayer is lethal. It routs Satan’s demons, for it routs their chief.

E.M. Bounds, the great writer on prayer said this about prayer.  “God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless.  The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God’s heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them, outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world.”

Take time today to talk to God.  Take time to let him know how much you love him.  Let him know what you have need of and what you desire for him to do.

Just as a child is not refused by a parent, Jesus will not turn a deaf ear to your petition.  You have not because you ask not, so, ask and you shall receive.  Take advantage of prayer today.

Pastor Leon Wallace

Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

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