Prayer is essential to the life of a Believer. Prayer changes things, people, and situations. Oh, what a blessing it is for the saints of God to lift up a person in prayer. My grandmother was a praying woman. At the close of every night, she would kneel at her bedside and call out the names of her friends and loved ones. Time with the Father was a special time for her. As a child, I remember her calling out my name in prayer. I was curious as to what she was saying to God about me, so I would scoot real close to hear her words. As of this day, I cannot tell you what she said, but I am a living testimony that God answered her prayers. She may not be around today to see the fruition of her prayers, but I know that God changed my life.
Many of my family members are faithfully serving in the church due to grandma’s prayers. It makes me smile to know how proud she would be of her family, if she could see us now!! When the enemy sent sickness into my life, prayer raised me up from my bed of affliction. When the enemy formed a weapon to bring about hurt, harm, or danger, the prayers of the saints kept it away. That car accident that should have taken me out…my life was spared due to somebody praying for me.
A godly legacy is the best inheritance a parent could leave for their child. Even Jesus’ disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1). Often, we find in the Bible that Jesus got away from the crowds in order to spend some time alone in prayer. Prayer has to be a priority…we must pray to live. The Word of God reminds us that we need to daily seek God in prayer and supplication. Letting our requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6). As Christians, we should never try to move ahead of God. We may have a plan for our lives, but God is the one who executes those plans. The creator of the universe knows what is best for His creation. It is crucial to seek direction from the Lord prior to making any decision in our life…big or small.
What is prayer? Prayer is talking to God. He cares about us. If only we knew how important even the most intricate details of our lives, matter to God. Of course, He is concerned about us. We are His children. Any parent worth their salt wants to be a part of their child’s life. Communication with God is the way we get to know Him and He gets to know us. Jesus made a way for us to commune with God one on one. A high priest is no longer required to pray for the people of God. We can go boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Talking with the Father may seem a bit awkward at first. It is natural to feel uncomfortable having a conversation with someone who we cannot see. Believe it… He is there and He is a good listener. Try starting with the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13. Long prayers are unnecessary. Just speak from the heart. There is a prayer partner alongside you…He is the Holy Spirit, who makes constant intercession on our behalf (Romans 8:6). He makes utterances for us when we do not have the words to say (Romans 8:6). The Comforter understands our silence and our tears. Experience the peace in knowing that somebody is praying for you. Amen!!
Written by Laura Alexander