Do you pray? Whether it be by yourself or with others? There is something spectacular about joining others in prayer. Psalm 133 verse 1 puts it like this: How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. So why did we do that? What good does it do?
Friend, I still believe in a God who answers prayer. I do not put my faith in how powerful the words were I sculpted together or how forceful someone can push words out of their mouth. Nope. I believe the power of prayer rests on a powerful answerer. The power of prayer is the one in whom we pray to. Do not mistake what I am saying, I am not talking about positive affirmation or praying to anything or anyone other than God; God, the creator of Heaven and earth, the one who spoke the world into existence. The one who formed man out of the dust of the ground and blew into him and brought him to life. The one who parted the Red Sea, shut the mouths of lions, walks on water, heals the sick, raised the dead. The one who sent his only son to die for the sins of the world and offers forgiveness to us all. He is the one to whom we pray. In him is the power of prayer. What a privilege and an honor to be able to pray. Not only that, but we can be sure that our prayers are heard.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:12)
As a Pastor friend once said, “the church is God’s instrument on Earth” to bring his will to pass. We pray in accordance with his will. We do not, or should not, pray selfishly. God is not a cosmic Santa.
“Well, I prayed and nothing happened.” You might say.
I do not confess to know how, when and why God answers, or not, specific prayers, I just choose to believe he knows what he is doing. For all the country music fans out there. Garth Brooks sings a song with lyrics “some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” If we had everything we had ever asked for, even silently, we would be of all people most miserable.
Friend, let me encourage you today if you have never prayed to God before, he is real and he wants to speak to you. I believe one prayer he loves to answer is this one: “God, if you’re real, please show me.” He will. Ask him to forgive you, save you, he will.
In closing (trigger words to wake up the congregation that mean nothing), let me leave you with words from the Apostle Paul: pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Bless you friend. Don’t forget where the power comes from. Keep praying.