Charles Hadden Spurgeon said, “prayer is always the preface to a blessing.” You know, I’m not “big” on using the word “always”, but this theologian uses it perfectly here. Prayer is like a key that unlocks all the power of heaven to us down here on earth. It brings us face-to-face with majesty, strength, and endless love. In prayer, we can walk right into the illustrious throne room of God and make our requests known to Him. We can fellowship with Him; hear His voice, feel His heart and get the wherewithal to live this crazy life in this crazy world.
What a fellowship; what a joy divine!
Have you ever pondered the indubitable honor and distinct privilege it is to approach God in prayer? It’s a holy, sacred moment not limited by space, distance, or time.
It reminds me of a classic tv show, “I dream of Jeannie.” Do you remember it?
The premise of the show is this beautiful genie (played by Barbara Eden), would instantly and magically appear anytime her “master” called her. TO BE CLEAR: God is NOT our “genie” and we are not His master. Far from it!
But, He is always with us when we need Him. He doesn’t have to “come” to us either because He never leaves us. I simply gave the television reference to give you an idea of how ready He is to help us anyplace and anytime.
Maybe a better example is the television show Quantum Leap. In this show, the guy travels through time and has a hologram friend always there to help.
Watch the trailer and you’ll DEFINITELY see the spiritual parallel!
Quote: “No matter what happens I am going to be with you every step of the way until we get you home.”
Well, these analogies are getting goofy.
So, let me just say prayer is a fantastic way to reach out to our Father and experience Him when we need Him.
All by just calling out to Him.
What’s better, the very second you call, the actual Creator of heaven, earth, and everything in between directs His attention specifically to you (TO YOU!!!!).
It’s a mind-boggling concept, isn’t it? How blessed we are to have the God who owes us nothing, give us access to everything!
What a priceless, timeless gift – albeit one we often take shamelessly for granted, right?
Talking to the Source of Everything is why we pray, Christian Woman.
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.
Yeah, Girl, prayer is like the spiritual superhighway, the transport of every good and perfect thing in our lives.
Yep, again, it is one of the most neglected Christian disciplines. Crazy, right???
When you think about it, it’s really a sad testament to our dispensation how we misuse the gift of grace so freely granted us. Prayer is an example of that, I think.
Generations of Christians dreamed of having access to the throne of God and it sits within our very reach unused and under-utilized. Geez!
Shame on us when we take this privilege for granted, or worse, neglect to see the power in it.
If you haven’t caught on to what I’m saying, I’m telling you why we pray.
Spurgeon believed prayer to be the very catalyst to all blessings. I agree and again, I will take it a bit further to say a prayer, in itself, is THE 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 distinct grace and blessings you enjoy this very minute could be the direct result of another person’s prayer for you.
I think I might be a Christian because my grandparents prayed. My mom prayed. My uncle prayed. I’m enjoying the fruits of abundant peace and provision all because of them “talking to” God on my behalf.
Perhaps you are too!
Maybe, you too are the result of the prayers of your mother, father, grandparents, friends, or even ancestors.
Note: I don’t believe ancestors help us now. They are dead. Anyone approaching you as an ancestor is a demonic spirit. Be wise.
Back to what I was saying about prayer.
My point: the very matter that makes up who we are could have been a result of someone’s prayer.
Lord, help me pray often.
Just remember, you are only as strong as your prayer life, Christian Woman.
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 Your strength is strong and abundant, Lady!!!
Prayer builds your spirit-man and helps you understand God’s heart and presence in a way nothing else ever could.
The more time you spend in prayer, you are more likely to be:
Prayer caresses your spirit and settles anxiety. The key is to sit in the presence of God. Just being with Him.
Something mighty happens in prayer. It gives you direct contact with the Father and the Holy Spirit. You come out with a different kind of confidence for your life than when you have weak or sporadic prayer habits.
Prayer does something to your heart. Something very supernatural. I think that’s why the Word of God tells us to pray for our enemies. If you pray long enough for someone, it’s impossible to hate them. At least for me anyway. I find it easier to forgive a person after I’ve prayed for them. Do you agree? Have you found that to be true too?
Go on, Girl! Pray!
Take full advantage of your VIP pass and spend some time in meaningful prayer this week. Make it a regular habit, okay?
Don’t take it for granted. I am talking to myself too. We’re blessed to have a God who cares and a God who hears us. That’s why we pray.
You know, just yesterday I was in a board room and guess what I was doing? I was praying. They had no clue, but I was. Prayer is how we do our life. It’s how we stay connected. It’s a Christian thing!
As Spurgeon said, it can also usher into your life the blessings you need! But, those are byproducts. The true joy is to know Him and be with Him.
Amen? What do you think?
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Some Prayer Scriptures:
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.
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