Pray before you panic. Pray before you give up. Pray before you turn to anyone else. Those are encouraging words that have traveled through my heart a number of times. Praying is such a powerful tool that we are given by the Lord and we often underestimate it. The enemy puts a lot of negative ideas in our heads about prayer because he knows how effective it is. He knows that prayer connects us to the Lord. He knows that the Lord hears our prayers. He knows that prayer is like a burning fire in his ears and he can’t stand the sounds of praying believers. The enemy is sick and tired of believers who know who they are in Christ and who pray boldly to the God of the impossible.
Prayer is not what the enemy says it is. It is not a waste of time. It is not in vain. It doesn’t fall on deaf ears. It is not confined to our minds. It doesn’t fall by the wayside. Prayer is power spoken into our lives. Prayer is hearing words of peace, love and encouragement from the Lord. Prayer is making requests that will be taken care of. Prayer is hope in action and faith in translation. Our faith in God is translated into prayer and it is expressed through words of agreement and words of acceptance. When we pray, we agree with God on His promises. When we pray, we accept that God is the way and that He will make a way. Today I am inviting you to pray as often as you can. Pray and don’t stop praying!
I used to panic and lose hope very easily. I used to not give prayer a chance. I would call a friend and share all my misfortune without thinking of the Lord. Things have changed and prayer has become my first resort. There are times when panic attacks and prayer comes second but for the most part, prayer is my default setting. Why? For one thing the Lord tells us to pray all the time. I also find that prayer calms me down. Prayer helps me reach a higher level of hope. Prayer gives me a reason to rejoice. Prayer is a precious moment spent with the Lord and in that precious moment, nothing else matters. When I pray, I start with thanksgiving.
I don’t give God my requests right away. I give Him praise and then we talk. I say we talk because I do most of the talking at first and then I listen to what He has to say. What He says is comforting and it often sounds like it is coming straight from the Bible. It does and it comes straight from the heart of the Lord. God is the God of peace and when we turn to Him in prayer, He gives us peace. When we give Him the time of day, He changes our day and gives us hope and peace again. It is so easy to lose hope when things are not going well. It is so easy to think that it is all over but if we pray, God reminds us that He has the final say. It is not over so pray!
Pray in all circumstances. Pray when you are in pain and pray when you are happy. Pray when you are lost and pray when you know where you are going. Pray when your friends and family are hurting and pray when everyone around you is at peace. Pray when the enemy is taunting you and pray when you think you have it all under control. Pray when there is no money in the bank and pray when you have more than enough. Every day we have thousands of opportunities to pray and we should use all of them to spend some quality time with Jesus. Prayer is quality time with the Lord or at least it should be. Pray to Jesus and listen to His Spirit.
Pray in the name of Jesus and you will see things change in your life. Pray with his authority. Pray with hope. Pray with boldness. Pray with the assurance that God always hears you and that He is with you. Pray and make the world around you a better place. Pray and ask the Lord how He can use you to make the world a better place. Pray and submit yourself to the Lord. Pray and sing praises to the Lord. Pray and pray and don’t step away from the Lord. Things will get better. Things will get a lot better. Keep on praying. You are making Heaven collide with earth and God’s glory will save the day. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12; Matthew 6:6; 1 John 5:14