The Power of Prayer
Anonymous - Aug. 14, 2015

The Power of Prayer Prayer is one discipline that I have struggled with since becoming a Christian. Despite understanding how crucial it is to my walk with Jesus, I still find myself forgetting to pray or only praying in times of desperation. Even through these struggles, God is gracious and continues to change my heart. This, after all, is the true benefit of Prayer; that our hearts would be aligned with Gods! It’s not always clear to me why I struggle with prayer. Sometimes I feel that I don’t want to bother God with my trivial concerns while other times I am so caught up in the things that I need to do that I forget to involve the Lord. This of course is not the best approach when doing life. I find when I take my cares and concerns to the Lord before dealing with them, that I am much more prepared for the situation. As Paul reminds us in Philippians: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) The peace that God provides me when I seek Him in prayer is a crucial part of my walk with Him! It allows me to see things clearly and helps me make better decisions. When I read through the gospels I am reminded of the importance of prayer through Jesus’ example. One example I look to in particular is the night before Jesus was crucified. Jesus withdrew to the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed: “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42) In this one line, we see so many facets of prayer. However, Jesus reveals what I believe is the true purpose of prayer at the end of this sentence; that our wills would be increasingly aligned with God’s! It is important for me to remember why I pray. For many years, I prayed as a kind of insurance. I considered prayer as a way to ensure that if God was listening that I had covered my bases. As God continues to show me grace and mercy in my prayer life, I am understanding more and more that prayer is to inform me of God’s will, not to inform God of mine! As I pray, the Holy Spirit continues to work on my heart and as He works on my heart, my will aligns more and more with God’s will. I pray that we will all take the time today, and everyday, to lay our concerns before the Lord and seek to align our will with His. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions