1 Timothy 2:1-2, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
You never knew what to expect when you were going to visit my grandma Teresa. But one thing we all knew was that if you came by to visit and it happened to be prayer time – YOU were just going to have to wait until she was through! You see, my grandmother had the correct perspective on prayer. Through the long decades of her life, she had come to know God and the love, respect, and honor due to Him. Somewhere along the line, she had come to the realization that her prayers, praise and supplications to God would long outlast her days on this planet. And so, we grandchildren waited – and in the waiting, we saw by her example – the reverence of God and the importance of keeping God on the throne and everything else beneath Him.
So, Grandma prayed for me. She prayed for all of us before we even needed the heavy-duty prayers for the times of our lives that would be the most destructive to our relationship with God. She prayed us forward, anticipating our future need. And decades later, even now, there are actually days where I feel her prayers covering me from so many years ago. In the same way, I literally felt the prayers of my church family when I had cancer. I could feel the prayers of the people covering me and I saw God’s intervention through the whole experience. God has since used the experience as a blessing by which I am able to bless others as they are challenged by this disease.
And so – what is my point? Prayer is vitally important – as important as blood is to our bodies! It is our blessed communication with our heavenly Father. Prayer shows our love, gratitude, submission, obedience, and God-dependence. It is the BEST thing that you can do for your family, friends, and the world. Prayer is not a last resort. It is a first choice to engage God in the process of governing, healing, and blessing our lives!
Pray every day in faith – both proactively and defensively for your families, friends, Paradise Church, the church universal, the sick and suffering, our country and leaders, and for yourself. Pray that that we will all grow daily in our view, honor and love of God. As we do so, we will find ourselves prepared to fight the battle at hand and to have the fortitude to – ‘pass the baton’ to the future generation of believers.