Charles Hadden Spurgeon said “prayer is always the preface to a blessing.” I’m not “big” on using the word “always”, but the quote made me think.
Have you ever thought about it? Have you ever pondered the indubitable honor and distinct privilege to approach God in prayer? It’s a holy moment not limited by space, distance, or time. What’s better, the very second you call, the very Creator of heaven, earth and everything in between directs His attention to you. It’s a mind-boggling concept, yet, one we often take shamelessly for granted.
It is through prayer that God’s blessings flow from the heavenly realm; it is through prayer that intimacy with your Heavenly Father is cultivated and matured. It is through prayer that your anxious spirit is quieted, soothed, and healed. Prayer is the superhighway, the transport of every good and perfect thing in your life.
Still, it is one of the most neglected of Christian disciplines. When you think about it, it’s really a sad testament to our dispensation how we misuse the privilege grace granted us. Generations of Christians dreamed for access to the throne of God and it sits within our reach unused and under-utilized. Shame on us if we should ever take this privilege for granted, or worse, neglect to see the power in this gift.
Spurgeon believed prayer to be the very catalyst to blessing. I agree and I take it a bit further to say prayer, in itself, is a blessing. Although, God doesn’t wait for us to pray for what we need, He does move as we pray. James said it this way “you have not because you ask not”.
The grace and blessing you enjoy this very minute could be the direct result of a petition(s) someone else sent to the heavenlies on your behalf. Maybe, you’re the result the prayers of your mother, father, grandparents, friends or even ancestors. Who knows?
Just remember, you are only as strong as your prayer life, Godsy Girl. Think of prayer as healthy food. If you eat a little, your strength is limited, but if you eat good, wholesome food regularly, you have energy, stamina and a strong immune system (ouch! Maybe that’s why I have caught so many colds!)
Anyhow…you get my point. You can pray to the most important Person in the universe and know He hears. Take full advantage of your VIP pass and spend some time in meaningful prayer this week.
James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.