Prayer seems to be a topic that keeps coming up and I wanted to share a few reasons as to why we need to be Christians who are praying.
1. Jesus prayed often to the Father
Throughout scripture we see Jesus engaging the Father in prayer, not only in public, but we also see him going off to
have focused times of prayer (In the garden of Gethsemane, on the cross, before performing miracles, in the wilderness).
2. We fight a spiritual battle and we must use spiritual weapons to wage war.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against
the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places”. We are further
exhorted to “put on the armor of God” so that we may stand against the attacks of the enemy. But Paul goes even
beyond that to say that we should “pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance
and petition for all the saints and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to
make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel”.
We can conquer and establish all things by prayer; and in this spiritual battle, Satan has fought to make Christians
ineffective by having them push aside the importance of prayer. Paul tells to be mindful of the spiritual battle. We are to
be on the alert. We are to be praying for all the saints and praying for those sharing the scriptures or spreading the gospel.
If we are to be victorious in warfare, we must use the power of prayer. It is mighty if we only will petition the Father.
3. Prayer is Effective.
James 5:16 “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
The word “prayer” in this passage is a very significant word. In the original text, the word speaks of a “definite expression of a deeply felt need”.
We are to draw from this passage that a determined prayer exerts much power in it’s working. (Torrey)
If we want our prayers to be effective, we must be fervent or labor in prayer. We are to pray often. We must ask in faith!
“You have not, because you ask not.” James 4:2 Do you want to see your friends and family saved? Do you want to understand God’s Word better?
Do you want to have broken relationships restored? Pray! We often have not because we ask not.
4. Prayer is the foundation on which all ministry is built.
In the gospel’s (Matt 17) the disciples encountered a demon possessed man over which they had no power to cast the spirit out.
Jesus quickly casts the demon out and proceeds to explain that this “kind does not go out except with prayer and fasting.”
Jesus was ready to minister to His people, He was ready to serve and was focused spiritually. How can we take direction
or be led by God if we are not men and women who are talking with him? How can we know where we should serve or who
we should talk to apart from his leading? How can we learn to know his voice if we never talk with Him?
Prayer helps us lay a foundation for the work that God will do through our service to Him.
Too often we do not realize the power of our prayers!
I’m reminded of the first verse of a popular chorus:
What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
We have an amazing opportunity to share our heart with the Father; may we make the time this week to talk with Him.
Let us carry all to Him in prayer!