When we would do just about anything to ease their suffering,
solve their dilemma, or just have the perfect words to comfort them.
Sometimes all we can do is pray.
Today I wonder if there is much more to that simple statement than meets the eye.
Recently I was listening to a sermon on prayer by Charles Price and this is what he said,
“Prayer is not something we do for the work of God, prayer IS the work of God.”
This statement made me think about prayer and how often we underestimate its value in our walk with the Lord. As always, let’s look to see what the Word has to say about prayer.
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16
“In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thess. 5:18
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” –Jn. 14:13
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." -1Tim.2:1-5
"As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right." -1 Sam.12:23
“The Lord has heard my prayer; the Lord takes up my plea.” –Psalm 6
“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thess. 5:17
The Bible has much more to say about prayer. There is example after example of the many occasions and reasons we should pray. I know that when I focus on the problem, I am very ineffective. When I give it to the Lord in prayer, He is faithful. Let us all be challenged to search the Scriptures to learn more about this important aspect of our Christian walk. And let us put more power behind our statement when we promise someone, “I will pray for you.” May we not feel discouraged when all we can do is pray. Perhaps that is just the thing that is needed.
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24