The lifeline for every Christian is the relationship with God. Personally, I believe this link is most powerfully expressed and preserved through prayer. Just like with the people we hold dear, prayer is the conversation where we open up, are honest, and experience closeness. Neglecting conversation or interaction with those we love is dangerous and brings with it dangers as this behaviour damages relationships. Prayer, therefore, has to be something we need to take seriously and embrace.
“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.”
I have an awful habit of sometimes praying my longer prayers of the day late at night. At that point, I have been at work, have done chores, and experienced all sort of everyday life that simply tires me out. Even though I have witnessed a decrease of this behaviour, it does still sometimes happen and makes praying ‘difficult’ when it really should not be (and is not). Tiredness makes it hard for me to concentrate on what I want to bring before God and this can be frustrating. I know that God knows what is going on in my life but my communication with him is absolutely vital. Through prayer, Solomon received wisdom. Through prayer, Hannah received a son. Through prayer, the church of Christ was established and extended.
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
I want to pray because the bible teaches me and shows me that it works and that it leads to a closer relationship with God. When I do not pray, I seem to be running on my own power. Though this appears to work in some situation, it is not a reliable source for my life and cannot sustain me. Prayer not only causes things to happen that would not happen if did not pray, it also shows that I trust God and rely on him and his promises.
And I have seen prayers answered in my life. Things happened, even though they did not make much sense from a worldly standpoint. For example, without any prior signs I received a job offer from my church less than 48 hours after praying for God to move in my professional life. These things are not coincidences; they are acts of mercy and a display of God’s love. I have even heard of people being healed in my local church after passionate prayer even though doctors had written them off. Prayer does work in many ways.
There is immense power that comes from prayer. Corrie Ten Boom said that ‘a man is powerful on his knees’, and I believe in that. Having been a Christian for around two years now, my greatest desire at the moment is to become a more devoted praying man and just surrender everything to the Lord. He is able, while I am not.