"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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayer is something that should be as natural as breathing. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to; "Pray continually." and yet for many of us the most we pray is kind of like this; "Lord bless my family, bless my pastor, and bless my boss, Amen!" Sound familiar. I’m sure many of us at the end of a tiring day have prayed like that. And then we wonder why things are not going well in our lives, our families and our churches. We wonder why we find it so easy to sin and so hard to read God’s Word. Why we lack power and can’t hear His voce anymore. Why many of our needs are not being met.
Isaiah 59:1-2 says; "Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." Lack of prayer is sin.
In 1 Samuel 12:23a Samuel in talking to the children of Israel says; "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you." Jesus commanded us to pray. In Luke 18:1 says; Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Paul in Ephesians 6:18 after telling us to put on the full armour of God says; "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."
Praying is not something that is left up to the pastors or leaders in the Church. Every Christian needs to pray! We can’t let the intercessors do all the work. Prayer plugs you into the power source who is God. Today we have many powerless Christians walking around and the church in North America has stopped growing and has become weak. It is us who don’t pray who are to blame. We find all kinds of excuses as to why we don’t have time to pray and why we can’t attend prayer meeting. I know that even in reading this some of you will make excuses. Our example is Jesus. He never stops praying for us. Romans 8:34 says; "Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died, more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." Jesus says in Revelation 3:16-17 in talking to the church of Laodicea says; "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth." We have become lukewarm. Some of us, if not all need to repent and get on our knees. I don’t know about you but I surely don’t want to be one of those that gets spit out of Jesus`mouth. Stop making excuses. Humble yourself and ask God for forgiveness. Seek His face, pray and watch what He will do.
We have a small church but have three different prayer meetings going on during the week. God is doing something in our congregation. We are hungry to see God move and see things change. We are no longer just satisfied to be ordinary. A church must march on it’s knees there is no other way. Many of us have taken to disciplining ourselves in our bodies and prayer. I get up at 6:00 AM every morning and go on a prayer walk for an hour. God is drawing me closer everyday and changing me. Prayer is important to me because without it I feel like a man without direction. Your time with the Lord has to be the most important time of your day. Everything else will need to wait.