Devotional | Prayer
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35 NIV)
Prayer is so important and yet something that is so easy to neglect. The distractions of life so easily crowd it out. When Jesus lived on the earth, we see that He made prayer a high priority. He, who was in perfect harmony with His Father and the Spirit, needed to pray. It was such a priority to Him that He often got up while it was still dark and went to a place for hours where no one could distract Him. If Jesus Himself needed to pray in such a manner, how much more do we!
If God already knows what we need, why is prayer so important?
Because prayer is about relationship. It’s not just a list we bring before God or something we do only when desperate. It’s communication – talking with our Creator, loving on Him, letting Him love on us, submitting to His will, listening to His voice and showing Him our desperate need for His guidance.
Our prayers are powerful and effective, and like sweet incense to God. They come before His throne as a beautiful fragrance, when prayed out of a heart of love and faith. Such prayers move the hands of God. He wants to partner with us and prayer is one of the most effective ways to do this. It’s not just for the intercessors, we are all called to prayer. Let’s ask God to stir us up.
There are so many needs to pray for that it can sometimes be overwhelming. Why not start by praying for your loved ones? Then ask God to lay on your heart other needs and people to pray for. The Spirit will lead you. Jesus told us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Praying this actually releases the kingdom and God’s will on the earth. What is His will? “On earth as it is in heaven.”
My challenge to you this week is to pray that everyday. Pray it over your family, your community, your city, nation and the world. May we not neglect to pray.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
(2 Corinthians 7:14 NIV)