Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” NASU
Some years ago a person in the church I was leading said, “My Bible automatically opens to Jeremiah 33:3 now because Brother Roy preaches so much from that passage.” It is a passage that I refer to frequently because God has impressed upon me the need and importance of prayer. Prayer is communication, petition, and a weapon of warfare spiritually. It would be a tremendous understatement to say that ‘prayer’ is important. It is more than important in the Christian’s Life it is critical! I fully believe and the Bible reveals that prayer is one of the greatest weapons a Christian can have and use and yet it is possible the most misunderstood and underdeveloped weapon in our arsenal.
The Bible has much to say in reference to the ‘mighty weapons’ at the disposal of the believer and that includes the myriad of references to prayer.
Luke 18:1 – “…men always ought to pray and not lose heart…” NKJV
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “…pray without ceasing…” NASU
Luke 11:1 – “…Lord, teach us to pray…” NASU
Matthew 6:9 – “In this manner, therefore, pray…” NKJV
Those are just a sampling of the multitude of references and calls to prayer in Scripture and one would wonder why it is so ‘underutilized’. Prayer is a vehicle or channel whereby God has provided for mortal man to reach into the eternal realm. Prayer is one of the most talked about and least done endeavors among professing Christians. The writers of Scripture knew, understood, and utilized its power!
David – – “The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.” (Psalm 6:9)
Solomon – – –“The Lord… hears the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29)
Paul – – “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Timothy 2:8)
James – – “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)
Peter – – “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers.” (1 Peter 3:12)
On one occasion facing a situation that was shaking me to the core of my being, I was reading and the Holy Spirit directed me to a passage in the “Little Johns” that grabbed my attention and inspired my faith and confidence. It has become a fixture in my thought process and in my prayers.
1 John 5:14-15 – “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we asked of Him.”
Look at this promise of God! If we ask according to His will we are HEARD. If we are heard HE ANSWERS and we get what we are asking for. How do you improve on that? That is a catalyst to believing faith and directs prayer to first determining the will of God and then to doggedly stay with the request knowing that no matter how things look around us or the circumstances we are being HEARD and if we are being HEARD He is GRANTING our petition.
Prayer was an essential part of every Mighty Man or Woman in Scripture and has been of every Mighty Man or Woman in history. They understood that prayer bridges the gulf between time and eternity and they engaged in that activity UNTIL they touched God and God touched them!
May God be with you as you go through your day and inspire you to PRAY!