Prayer is the key and the foundation for all we do. Without it nothing is accomplished for the Kingdom of God!
"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." Well said, Martin Luther!
Many are being caught up with the "cares of this world," and sometimes things can seem to choke the Word (and may I add the prayer?) right out of us! God desires to wash us with His Word and re-fire us to go and do "the work of the ministry" everywhere. Each one of us has a part to play, and the Lord desires that we be fully prepared. We must first go to the Lord in prayer, to acknowledge God in all things: and He will surely guide our steps (Prov. 3:5-6). If we do not acknowledge the Lord in prayer, then as verse 7 says, we are being wise in our own eyes.
Have you ever witnessed or said to yourselves in a situation that needed an answer, "Well, all I can do is pray?" as though that was the last resort or somehow inferior to anything else? Instead, we need to believe and be in high expectation: "I can pray and that's a lot!" We should be a people that live in prayer and not just do prayer. Pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17 and also Luke18:1). Men ought always to pray and not to give up! That's right. Continue earnestly in prayer and be steadfast, Beloved, knowing that the effective fervent prayers of the righteous make a big difference! If Jesus Himself prayed to the Father and did nothing without the leading of His Father, how could we not follow His lead? If Jesus needed to spend time in His Father's presence and worship Him and pray and communicate with His Father, how could we bypass this? This is indeed a lifestyle for us and not a once in a while occurrence. It is in all of its simplicity, relationship and communication with our Lord. We must align our will with the will of the Father. When we are properly aligned with His will, situations change!
As we have the privilege of being in this wonderful community, then we must be good stewards of it. Prayer is a key that will unlock the doors that are needed and provide the answers we are seeking. Once we have prayed, then it is time to move. Once we have received direction, then we can carry out what is needed. No guessing games ... but clear and concise direction.
Yes, we can talk about prayer, we can read about prayer and we can write about prayer, but, beloved, we must get down to the Lord's business of actually praying!
Let's see and be a part of the change that is needed in our individual lives, the lives of others and our community and world. I can pray, and that's a lot!
- Whaley is a member of Citychurch and the northcentral regional director of Yokefellowship Prison Ministry.