Contend earnestly through prayer – Part 2
‘Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.’ – Luke 6:12
One of the dangers of being involved in God’s work is that you can go for weeks, or even months without praying. In a survey of a thousand pastors, half acknowledged that they often went for long
periods without taking time to pray. They didn’t have a personal prayer life beyond their function.
Jesus arose before dawn and spent hours in prayer. He even prayed all night—and it showed. His incredible success flowed out of the rich relationship He had with His Father. He made deposits every morning so that He could make withdrawals all day long. Prayer is the vehicle for daily dialog with the One who created us. The importance of daily communication through prayer can’t be overestimated. It is so important that it is mentioned over 250 times in Scripture.
So why is daily prayer so important? First, daily prayer gives us an opportunity to share all aspects of our lives with God. Second, daily prayer gives us the chance to express our gratitude for the things
He provides. Third, daily prayer provides the platform for confessing our sin and asking for help in overcoming that sin. Fourth, daily prayer is an act of worship and obedience. And finally, daily prayer
is a way to acknowledge who is really in control of our lives.
Friends, prayer is something that we all should want to do on a daily basis. Yet for many Christians it can be a challenge to humble one’s self in daily prayer. But imagine not speaking to a loved one or a
close friend. How long would the relationship last? Daily prayer with God is daily fellowship with our heavenly Father. It is truly amazing that God would want to have fellowship with us at all. In fact, the
psalmist asks, ‘What is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?’ (Psalm 8:4)
Father, I thank You for the gift of prayer. Forgive me for neglecting fellowship with Your Holy Spirit through this union of communication. You are the reason for my salvation and I am making a commitment to pray more and not neglect Your presence in my life. I know that I can’t survive in my faith and face hard trials
without first drawing my strength from You through prayer. I’m sorry Lord for taking Your grace for granted and not accessing my privilege as a child of God to commune with The Father, as it is in Him I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. May I find my resting place in You and not in other forms of entertainment and distractions. Help me to put You first in my life and acknowledge Your presence with me throughout the day. Let prayer become a part of my language, even praying in the Holy Spirit. Let it not be an obligation. Fill my mouth with prayer as I pray for my family, my children, for my church, the pastors and the Johan Maasbach World Mission. Let me pray without ceasing and become so comfortable in Your presence that it becomes a part of me and that prayer will be the key to unlock all of Your plans and purposes for my life. Thank You for the gift of praying. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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