Prayer is something all Christians can do. It costs no money. It does not require a special gift. It does require time. But it’s something all of us can do. More importantly, prayer is not an option. We are commanded to pray. Jesus says, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). So what is your commitment to prayer for the year 2017?
We tend to invest in prayer based on our idea of the return on our investment. For instance, if a person believes prayer is simply a religious exercise to no avail, it is highly unlikely that he will have a strong commitment to prayer. So in this article, my goal is to present prayer in such a way that it will increase our appreciation for the benefits of prayer. This in turn will increase the likelihood of a solid commitment to prayer.
God wants us to pray for all men and for all that in authority. Why? “That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:2b). So prayer is not only about praying for others, but also it increases our quality of life. As we look around us and look at local and national news, the resounding message we should get is that our world desperately needs God.
When we pray we become laborers with God and His grand plan. And what is that plan? He “will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (v. 4). God’s salvation is not for an exclusive group. Christ died for all mankind. He has no desire for any to be lost but for all to come to know the truth. The sad truth is that countless souls will be lost in the end.
Satan and his demons seek to destroy every man, woman, boy, and girl. But when we commit to a life of prayer, we make it harder for the enemy to carry out this mission. That’s one of the reasons God has placed us here. You see, prayer is the vehicle by which we invite God into the affairs of this earth. It’s not enough for us to simply say God understands everything, and He is omniscient so we don’t need to pray. The truth is that in some instances, God will do nothing until His people pray.
A number of Christians have told me they don’t spend much time in prayer. I can draw a couple of conclusions as to why Christians lack a relevant commitment to prayer when they know the Bible has commanded us to pray for all.
One, they don’t believe the benefits of praying faithfully make the efforts worthwhile. If a person believes that through prayer situations change for the better, that God heals in response to prayer, that He changes the hearts of men as a result of prayer, and that He can open shut doors for us, such a person will faithfully pray. For if a person says he believes these things but still has no commitment to prayer, this is evidence that he does not believe what he says he does about prayer.
Or two, and this one would be laughable if it were not so serious, some Christians lack a commitment to prayer because they don’t believe the world needs the prayers of the believers. Evidence to the contrary is all around us. These are very challenging times for our world. No one seems to have the answers to our problems. We can sense it in the voter discontent with our politicians. One of the best things we can do for our nation is to faithfully pray for our world, our nation and our leaders.
Human weaponry is no match for our enemy the devil. But God has given us the weapon to stop him. I am talking about the people of God answering His call to pray for all men everywhere. We can’t stop the decay of our nation. But through prayer we can slow down the rate. We make it harder for the enemy to carry out his mission. And we increase the quality of life throughout our land. So for 2017 and beyond, let us seriously use this awesome weapon that God has given us.
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