Prayer. It perhaps the most intimate form of communication in the God-man relationship. Christ Jesus drowned in the floods of God’s wrath for our sins, and rose again so that we might have life with God. Yet how often do I partake of these heavenly jewels? These riches of the Spirit in Christ are so often ignored. Christ is my mediator, and my Spirit groans within me with muttering that we cannot utter, because Iack partaking in our spiritual needs.
NOTE TO SELF: Do not let the beautiful communication between you and your heavenly Father turn into a distanced relationship. Do not cause Him to discipline you harshly to turn your thoughts back to Him. Instead, go to Him in prayer. As Christians, we are commanded to pray for one another: “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,” is the command in Ephesians 6:18. If you are lacking in spiritual growth, it is very likely you are not praying enough. Prayer is praying God’s word back to Him: “I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.” Psalm 66:17
It is a form a worship, a form of fellowship, and an encouraging means of grace. We need to pray for everyone. There are going to be people in our lives who are going to be immature, disappointing, unreliable. These people may be our friends, family members, employees, employers, and even spiritual leaders. Most of the time in these relationships, we let the sin drain us. If we ever pray about the situation, we pray for ourselves in the situation, which is not wrong at all. But don’t forget to pray for the problem in these situations. Do not let anxiety overtake you, do not settle for discontentment, strife, sin. “Pray diligently with all prayer and supplication, letting your requests be made known to God. But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27,28
There is no one we shouldn’t be praying for. Even in The Lord’s Prayer, we pray for the coming of our Father’s kingdom: “Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth and it is in Heaven.” We are to pray for our daily bread, forgiveness of our trespasses and ability to forgive those who sin against us, while praying for those who sin against us. We pray not to be led into temptation, but delivered from evil. We acknowledge that the kingdom is our heavenly Father’s, and all is in His control. You can’t be lazy to pray. It goes back to Ephesians 6:28, when you pray for all perseverance so that you can pray as you ought. The Bible says if we ask according to His will, He hears us. How do we know what to pray? We have to go to His word. The rewards are great for prayer, and His Spirit will guide you through it. But you cannot slack behind, cannot stop. I’m going to start a prayer calendar with proof texts for each topic to pray about for different people in my life. Lord willing, I will be post prayer topics daily to keep myself on track. I encourage you to persevere with me, and pray for me as I pray for you. The fruit of prayer yearns to be plucked. Christ has begged you: “Watch and pray, so you will not be led into temptation.” And, in prayer, when you pray according to His word, believe that He will answer all that you ask of Him. He is your heavenly Father who has taught you how to pray. He has commanded you. He has promised He will hear His children, and answer according to His will. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6. Ask according to His will, believing He will answer in a way that is best, remembering that encouraging verse from Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good for those who love God.” Jesus prays for you every moment. Pray to Him.