Prayer is the life breath of the Christian life. It is our communication with our Heavenly Father. Our conversation with Jesus the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is a great privilege that only a blood washed believer can experience. By Blood washed I mean–to have confessed one’s sins to Jesus and asked forgiveness. His blood is the cleansing flow that takes away our sin and gives us an inner relationship with Him. His blood that He shed on the cross initiates us into the family of God.
Let’s look at what Scripture says about prayer–”Prayer without ceasing.” I Thess. 5:17 The time is always right to pray.
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning. O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and I will look up.” Psalms 5:3 A good way to start the day! Looking up rather than down:)
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray—-” Psalms 55:17
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem—” Psalms 122:6–Yes this is something that we, Christians, need to be reminded of; especially as Israel faces many challenges in the Middle East today.
We must remember to pray for others—I Samuel 12:23 ” –God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you–”
Jesus set an example for us–”And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” He expressed His need for that close communion with His Father in order to do His Father’s will. Can we do less?
In Luke 18:1 Jesus says–”Men ought always to pray and not to faint.” He welcomes our prayers and we may ask for something as often as we need.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Phil. 4:6
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:6 What a wonderful privilege we have to be able to come boldly before Him to pray for ourselves and others.
I Think the hymn writer in this case says it better than I can:) This is a hymn that I have never sung but it’s words are certainly true and beautiful.
“PRAYER IS THE SOUL’ S SINCERE DESIRE”
Written by James Montgomery a newspaper man who was asked to write a hymn about prayer to contribute to a book. Montgomery said years later that he received more praise for this hymn than anything else he had written. As a writer this speaks to me. I want my writing to encourage and to help others. Writer’s write. We are word crafters, charmed by a sentence or a phrase. In spite of our human efforts; God knows what He can use best. One thing we can be sure of is that, when we are walking in close fellowship with Him, He will bring results to the words that are ultimately a gift from Him.
Many years after he had retired, Montgomery continued to conduct family prayer meetings in his home. At the end of one of these meetings he retired to his room. The next day he was found unconscious on the floor and later he passed into his Lord’s presence.
“Prayer is the Christian’s “watchword at the gates of death; he enters heaven with prayer.”
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.
Prayer is the contrite sinner’s voice,
Returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice
And cry “Behold, he prays!”
Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath,
The Christians’ native air,
His watchword at the gates of death;
He enters heaven with prayer.
O Thou, by whom we come to God,
The Life, the Truth, The W;
Lord, teach us how to pray!
James Montgomery 1771–1854