Imagine walking into the first day of class to hear your teacher say something like this:
Good morning, students. This year we’re going to be learning about world history. Don’t worry about taking notes or actually studying. We’re just going to think good thoughts about world history whenever we feel like it. Sometimes you’ll be in the mood for this class and other times you won’t. No problem. Learning world history is kind of a “feel thing.” We don’t really have any goals or objectives. We’ll just see where the school year takes us.
Okay. So that would be crazy! But don’t many of us think about prayer like this? We think of it like wishing on a star or sending good thoughts God’s way. We don’t take it very seriously.
I want to encourage you to think seriously about prayer for a few minutes with me. Prayer is amazing! Prayer is a powerful spiritual weapon. Through Christ, prayer gives us access to the most powerful, loving, relational Being in the entire universe.
I think God uses our prayers to accomplish His work like He uses the sun and rain to feed the plants or the ocean currents and wind to make the weather systems. Whatever the case, the Bible tells us over and over to pray! First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing.” That means to never stop praying! (Check out all of these Scriptures that encourage prayer—and these are just a few.)
Andrew Murray says that prayer is like a spiritual pipeline that we lay between the overflowing goodness of God and those for whom we pray. Have you ever thought about prayer in those concrete terms? When you pray, you are doing spiritual work. You are accomplishing a purpose. If you are in Christ, your prayers affect change in this material world.
Look at how Paul pleads with the Ephesians to fight for the saints and for him through prayer:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day . . . praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me (Eph. 6:10–19).
Prayer is so important that Paul makes this plea for prayer his final request to the Christians in Ephesus. He could’ve asked them for anything. But he asked for prayer.
I want to see God move through my prayers, don’t you? If you want to have a deeper relationship with God—conversations with Him, personal exchanges with Him, answers to your questions from Him—then PRAY! Oh, how He loves our prayers! He loves to show His glory to His daughters.
In my next post, I’ll tell you about a tool that has helped me grow in my own prayer life. What helps you in yours? Let’s encourage one another to become women of prayer!
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