Since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, to receive mercy, and find grace to help us in time of need. HEBREWS 4:14-16 The God of the universe invites us to His presence. We are called into fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ! That means we can share everything with Him. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 says, God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.God cares about you and nothing that concerns you is unimportant to Him. He wants you to come to Him trusting that He will hear you and answer you and help you in time of need. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and talk to Him always.
David said, “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul” (Psalm 138:3). He was saying, “I’ve proven you, God! In all my trials, I turned to no one else. I sought only You and You heard me, answered me, and gave me strength for the battle I was facing.” “The Lord … hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).These are but a few of the promises given as evidence of God’s care and how He listens to our cry. Our lives would be so much richer and more effective in every way if we would put Jesus at the very top of our list, if we spent more time in prayer.
“Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Psalm 34:10). I encourage you to go to your secret place of prayer regularly and seek Him with all your heart.
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14 After they had prayed, their meeting place was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31 How did the early church turn the world upside down? The verses above tell it all. When the church comes together in prayer, in one accord, miracles happen and strongholds are broken. There is true repentance and transformation in the lives of people. Let’s realize the value of prayer, let’s participate and encourage prayer in our churches. No activity, however important they are, can replace prayer in our churches and in our individual lives.
Praying people always get God’s attention! When Cornelius cried out to heaven, he “saw in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, ‘Cornelius!’” (Acts 10:3) “Send for Simon Peter … He will tell you what you must do” (10:5-6). What happened next, His household was saved. God works on all sides when His people get to praying earnestly. Cornelius was prayerful and generous to the poor. He spent time in the presence of the Lord and He gave him specific directions. Likewise, God will show you what is needed on your part and when you obey and pray, you will see revival in your home.
Psalm 86:7 In the day of my distress I will call on You, for You will answer me.
We have a God who answers us when we call on Him. Our God is alive and every cry proceeding out of our mouth reaches His ear. Throughout the ages, men and women who needed His help like Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Hannah, David, Peter, Paul, called on this same God. He answered each one of them. There is no verse in the Bible which says, “God did not answer them” or “God did not help His people.” Right here, right now, you can call on the Lord, the Eternal God. He is able to do much more than you could even ask or think, so call on Him!
I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Prayer is one of the main ways in which we abide. It is how we increase our dependence upon God because we come to understand that without Him we can do nothing. This acknowledged dependence causes us to run to Him for everything and anything. So, when we face difficulty, we run to God first before we run to anyone. If something exciting happens, we go to God in thanksgiving before we text our friends. When we need help or wisdom we ask God for guidance before calling our parents, and when we are hurting or sad we weep to our Saviour before turning to anyone else.
2 Chronicles 7:14 – if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We are to learn from the words of Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” We are to be those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation with all its faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst. Also, let’s seek the peace and prosperity of the nation in which God has placed us and pray for it because if it prospers, we too will prosper.
Psalm 141:2: “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”
Do you know what the golden bowls of incense are mentioned in Revelation 5:8? They are “the prayers of the saints (those washed by the blood of Jesus) .” It means that our prayers rise as the aroma of heaven, sweet smelling before the throne of God and before the Lamb. This encourages me to pray all the more often and all the more fervently. Let’s all bless and honour and adore Christ here below with our prayers, and then rejoice that it is a sweet-smelling incense before Jesus, the Lamb who was slain.
There are times when we pray about something maybe once or twice, even three times, and if we don’t receive an answer, then we give up. But Jesus taught His disciples “that they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1) It may be that you have asked God for something in your life that He wants to do. Just because it has not happened yet does not mean that it will never happen. God’s delays are not necessarily His denials. Clearly, there are some prayers the devil will oppose more than others. For example, when you pray for someone’s salvation, you need to know that it is a spiritual battle. The victory will come. Maybe you have been praying about something and there has not been an answer, only disappointments. But disappointment can be His appointment. So don’t give up.
Prayer in the life of a believer is our lifeline to God. It’s such a powerful tool because it can be done anytime, anywhere, on any occasion, and for any reason! As Christians, we pray because we know that God attentively listens to us, and is faithful to answer us. We pray to our creator because He alone can turn our mourning into dancing, our brokenness into wholeness, and our bondage into freedom.
Today, if you have prayed about something, believe that our Father has taken note of it and He will answer us more than we can ask or think. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24