The Worth of Prayer
Prayer is about the glory of God. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are told first that prayer is about God’s name being “hallowed,” (Matthew 6:9, ESV). This is our heart’s desire, that God’s name and worth would be magnified and displayed in the world.
What is your view on prayer? It is common and cold for us to treat prayer like an emergency hotline when it is meant to be seen as communion with the King. Prayer is the breath of the Christian life.
John Piper said this, “Prayer is a wartime walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom.” The Christian life is military; and prayer is our wartime air support. Like fighting in combat against an overwhelming foe, we need air support.
The Grace of Prayer
What fools would we be to forsake daily communion with our Father. Upon the most crucial hours of his life in Matthew 26, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. And as He prayed to his Father, His disciples fell asleep.
Our Lord’s exhortation must sink into our ears, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,” (Matthew 26:41, ESV).
A prayerless disciple is a falling disciple. A godly man is a praying man and yet, how few of us are those who send for grace from on high to increase in our personal holiness!
If God measured our spirituality by our prayer lives, how many of us would be found as newborn infants in the school of grace? Thomas Watson again said it this way, “Jesus Christ went more willingly to the cross than we do to the throne of grace.”
The Necessity of Prayer
Living the Christian life without prayer is like rowing with one oar. I implore you, seek God’s face in the morning before any other face. Pray while you drive (eyes open please!), while you walk, when you are standing idly by.
Rather than looking at your phone, look to your Father in prayer. May we be diligent to entreat our Shepherd to strengthen and increase our hearts for holiness in prayer. And like the Psalmist, lift our eyes up to the Lord, where our help comes from (Psalm 121:1-2)!
Would you be strengthened by the hands of omnipotence? Go to the Lord often in prayer.
Growing Christians are praying Christians.
As Matthew Henry wrote, “You may as soon find a living man who does not breathe, as a living Christian who does not pray.”