God equips us with many tools, but none compare to the ability of approaching Him in prayer. When used properly, prayer is not only our most important tool, it can also be our best asset.
The last few weeks have been teaching us about the gift of prayer. We’ve discovered we should pray without ceasing, that God hears every prayer lifted to Him, and that we need to wait patiently for His answers. Today, I want to look at the value of prayer, and why it should never be taken for granted.
What makes prayer so important?
Anything important to Jesus should be equally important to us. The Bible lists many references where Jesus chose to go away and pray on His own.
‘One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.’
Luke 6:12 NLT
‘After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.‘
Mark 6:46 NLT
‘He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,’
Luke 22:41 NLT
He also stressed the importance of us praying.
‘And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.‘
Matthew 21:22 NKJV
‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.‘
Mark 14:38 NIV
and why should it never be taken for granted?
When Christ died for us on the cross His blood created a way for us to have direct access to God. The temple curtain was torn from top to bottom, and we no longer need anyone to petition our needs to God; Jesus is now the only link we need. Because of this great sacrifice, prayer is a gift we should cherish, one we should be very thankful for.
When we have a gift we truly love, we need to use it, otherwise we risk it tarnishing, or we lose focus on why we love it in the first place. Prayer is much the same way. If we do not stay vigilant, satan will try to find something for us to do when we should be praying. We need to learn to be aware of the traps he places before us. Traps like, “Other people pray much better than I do, I’ll let them take this one,” or “I plan to pray about that, I just don’t have the time to do so right now, I’ll pray about it later.”
‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.’
Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
Since satan knows that praying is the most profound thing we could ever do for the kingdom of God, he will try every trick in the book to divert us from doing so. Therefore, we need to continue praying with perseverance, believing in faith that our words are being heard, and that we are making a difference in the lives of others.
Thank You for the ability to pray. Thank You that through Your death, we can freely speak to You.
May we never take that gift for granted. May we never stop praying for others.
Let our focus be entirely on You, as we remain steadfast and sure that You are all we want and all we need.
In Your name I pray,
Please join me next week as we continue to look at prayer. If you missed the first two posts you can read them here. The Gift of Prayer, He hears our prayers
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