Wanting to be heard? Get your microphone ready and gently draw your headphones over your ears. As soon as the you receive the signal, speak up and clearly. These are the instructions issued to a number of us, at a recording studio, eagerly waiting our turn to become the next voice-over star.
Prayer is a vital line of communication we use to open up to God and enter His presence, reminding ourselves that God is Holy, loving, magnanimous, gracious, forgiving, sovereign, supreme and that He lives in and among His people, surrounding us in His goodness.
” Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”
“The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.”
In prayer we find communion, acceptance and our spiritual connection with God.
Our carnality, in contrast, keeps us from praying. Prayerlessness can best be defined as a faithlessness in God. Our prayerlessness suggests a confidence in the work of our hands and the works of men. This is in direct opposition to God’s commands and is therefore born of spiritual pride and ignorance. It rends us powerless and restless in comparison, leaving us without god’s peace or rest.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Prayer brings to a place of rest in God. Without it, we find ourselves ill at ease or even dis-eased. When we pray, we gain a better understanding of our Father’s heart and the opportunity to go deeper in our understanding of Him. He responds by giving us His Holy Spirit and we gain spiritual wisdom and an awakening to the heart of God.
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
I am off to pray and hear God’s Word. I hope that you have the opportunity to bless God in this call to obedience. Let us leave behind a prayerless life that is a sure road to sin. Make a clear choice to hear from the throne of the King of Kings, live in peace and obedience, with abundant blessing and acceptance. Go on, dive in!