I wasn’t raised by devout church going parent, but she was a good person. She was a teacher and a hard working person. She tried to take us to church a while when we were small, but we were only dropped off to Sunday school. We didn’t pray together as a family, or before meals, etc. I did feel loved by my mother, grandparents and all the family, even though most of the families didn’t attend church regularly, or at all.
The Lord had His hand on me from the beginning. I remember vividly as a child walking down the lane at my grandparents house and looking up to the sky to see a cloud in the shape of Jesus’ face! During high school I always had the right kind of friends, who were good kids. Some of them went to church regularly and they invited me to go with them. Eventually I went each Sunday with my best girlfriend. I always seemed to make the right choices and decisions. I know the Lord blessed me with all this.
Of all the good i have had in life growing up now i learn our world is in turmoil,unstable full of pressures and uncertainties. And sometimes the problems can seem so overwhelming we wonder if there are any answers to the needs, to the troubles, to the tribulations we face.
But there is an answer. And that answer is found in prayer. In fact, God is looking for people like you and me who will so connect with Him in prayer, that He can unleash His power through us. It is a power to overcome any trial, any difficulty, and any challenge. It’s a power that can change our world!When we learn to pray the kingdom way there are amazing results. When we connect with God in prayer we are given His very presence and power for living.God promises us in Jeremiah 33:3:
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
So how do you learn to unleash the power of prayer? How can you know the power of God unleashed in your life? By going to the greatest authority on prayer, Jesus. Jesus lived a life of prayer. In fact, His life is a living prayer because we are told in the Bible:
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).
That’s you and me! He continually, consistently, fervently, and faithfully prays for you and me.
Jesus, the very Son of God, is and was a Man of prayer. In fact, there are ten prayers given by Jesus that are recorded in Scripture…prayers He prayed throughout His life and ministry. He prayed at His baptism. He prayed in the desert during times of temptation. He prayed early in the morning. He prayed before He chose His disciples. He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prayed at the cross.
Jesus’ life was a life of prayer. Is there any wonder that His disciples, His most intimate followers who observed this magnificent life of prayer, asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Now, it’s impossible to understand everything there is to know about prayer. It will take an eternity for us to uncover and discover the full impact and power of prayer in our lives. But while we are here on this earth, we need to learn to pray. We need to develop our prayer lives so that we can unleash the power of prayer.
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”so says the lord our God. It is then out of this i learn of the three types of prayer;
- the asking prayer/ knocking prayer
- the seeking prayer
- thanks giving prayer
Jesus invites us to this amazing adventure of unleashing the power of prayer in our lives. So often the books we read and the messages we hear regarding prayer put us on a deep guilt trip. And rightfully so, because most of us struggle with our personal prayer lives!But beyond the guilt, we need to understand the great joy and privilege prayer really is. We need to grasp the exciting, enriching experience of prayer. We need to understand what God does when His people pray. We need to understand the power that is unleashed in prayer.
Trust me when i say this I did get to see my parents become church going Christians in their latter years and I know they are in Heaven and I will see them again someday! Praise the Lord for eternal life!
In the next issue we will be giving a deeper critique into the three types of prayer… Best regards!