The Need for Prayer
I have been convicted as I read through the book of Acts about our need to improve our prayer life. That is how all of the amazing miracles and signs happened, through the power of the Holy Spirit working through an active prayer life of the believers.
So, what has happened to us that things seem to be so different today for us than the early believers? It starts with our prayer life, or lack thereof.
What is wrong with our prayer lives? Simply put, we do not pray enough. We do not take the time to spend petitioning the Lord or have the silence in our lives to listen to Him. The best way to remember the urgency of prayer is the acronym - P.R.A.Y
Pursue (Psalm 34:14, Proverbs 15:9, I Corinthians 14:1)
Relentlessly (Psalm 105:4, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Ephesians 6:7-8,18)
All of (Psalm 104:1, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 29:4, Job 11:7-9)
Your God (Psalm 18:2, Isaiah 25:1, Romans 1:7, Romans 8:14-17)
God answers prayer. Luke 11:9, " 'So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.'" Jesus wants us to ask for things, according to the will of God. He promised that God honors those who honor Him.
As we pray more, we become more like the Father. Mainly, we become more compassionate. The trait that the world so desperately needs to hear, see, and feel from us is compassion. That God loves them so much He sent the precious gift of His Son to die for them to forgive sins and restore a broken relationships.
God directs those who pray. The more we pray, the more clearly we see the path God has and His will for situations. That is because when we pray, we invite God's presence into the situation. Instead of running with our own ideas, the Holy can begin to direct things.
People need the Lord. As we pray, we invite God's presence to be more central in our lives and Jesus then becomes more central in the situation. John 12:32, " And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
Knowing more how the Lord blesses prayer, I hope we all make a commitment to pray more intently, consistently, and fervently to the Lord to work in us and through us.