More than anything else, God calls us to pray. Prayer is not designed to change God; it is designed to change us! So we should be a people of great prayer. Prayer takes us into God’s presence, shows us His will, and prepares us to obey Him.
I encourage my high school bible students to have a daily “Time Alone With God”. A time to express how they feel about God as they seek His will for their lives. In doing so, I am reminded to use this ministry of prayer to its fullest capacity in my own life. The highest and greatest calling I have as a Christian is this ministry of prayer.
What can prayer really do?
- Prayer will use our time with God to soften our hearts and change our focus.
- As we pray for others, the Holy Spirit can give us the same compassion for them that God has.
- Praying for those we do not like is the first step to loving them as He first loved us.
- Time spent with God will make us more like Christ.
I would like to encourage us all, to challenge us to make a decision to pray more; to set up some specific plans to support that decision. Will we be determined to pray more? Pray continually – live in a spirit of prayer.
“Also, the Spirit helps us with our weaknesses. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. God can see what is in people’s hearts. And He knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for His people in the way God wants.”