“The Devil often laughs when we work, but he trembles when we pray.” – Corrie ten Boom
Prayer is one of the most important tools we have at our disposal and yet it is one of the most under utilized tools we use. I felt intimidated by prayer, like I wasn’t doing it right or didn’t sound “holy” enough but God doesn’t care about that. Prayer is simply communicating with God, and there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. God cares more about the condition of our heart than what we’re saying.
Prayer is defined by Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary as “Dialogue between God and people, especially His covenant partners.”
Prayer is depicted throughout the Bible from Genesis on. We see Jesus praying and talking about prayer. If Jesus is doing it, it is important! The Son of God prayed, so there is no excuse for us not to. Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, prayed over them, and prayed to the Father for discernment and strength. One of the most touching things in Luke is where Jesus is telling Peter that He prayed for Him “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:31-32 . How awesome is that? I just love that even knowing that Peter was going to deny Him, He prayed for Him and encouraged Him to get up and help His brothers.
A lot of people are talking about “War Room”, which is a movie that depicts the importance of prayer. I loved the movie and am working my way through “The Battle Plan for Prayer” by Stephen Kendrick, which is an interesting read.
I felt like my prayer was stagnant and I wasn’t paying much attention to my prayer life. I’d pray for people but I didn’t realize the power that prayer carries. I have kept prayer journals so I have been able to look back and see all of the prayers God has answered and it is amazing. I had forgotten so many things He has done for me, but I could name all of the prayers I felt He hadn’t answered. I say felt, because God doesn’t always answer prayers in the way you desire but that’s sometimes a good thing. The maker of the universe knows when and how to answer prayers. Sometimes we ask for too little and He gives us more; sometimes we ask for more than we can handle at the time and He makes us wait until we’re ready to handle it. Other times, like any good parent, He doesn’t give us what we ask for because it’s bad for you.
“Elijah was a man, with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” – James 5:17-18
Elijah prayed with such faith that it didn’t rain for over three years! That is amazing and demonstrates the power of prayer.
How’s your prayer life? Where do you find encouragement in scripture? As always, I love hearing from y’all!