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, right? Sadly, most people think “blessings” are material things. But, it’s not. The true blessing is to be in communion with the Lord. This is why we pray.
Talking to the Source of Everything… why we pray.
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 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 of how we misuse the privilege grace granted us. Generations of Christians dreamed to have access to the throne of God and it sits within our very 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 – and it is a gift.
Why we pray? BECAUSE IT’S POWERFUL!
Spurgeon believed prayer to be the very catalyst to and 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 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 of the prayers of your mother, father, grandparents, friends, or even ancestors. Who knows? The very matter that makes up who we are could have been a result of someone’s prayer. Hmmm… right?
Lord, help me pray.
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
Wow! Maybe that’s why I have caught so many colds!
Anyhow…you get my point. 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:
Calmer. Prayer caresses your spirit and settles anxiety. The key is to sit in the presence of God. Just being with Him.
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Stronger. Christian Lady, something happens in prayer. It gives you direct contact with the Father and the Holy Spirit. You come out with a different kind of confidence than when you have a weak prayer life.)
Changed. 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?
You can pray to the most important Person in the universe and know He hears you every time.
Go on, Girl! Pray!
Take full advantage of your VIP pass and spend some time in meaningful prayer this week. 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.
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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