2 Peter 3:11-12 – “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” NASB
Last time we considered the character trait of being a Regenerate Person and today I want to move to the next trait or quality we believers should possess and exhibit.
We Ought to Be a Praying People.
Prayer, for the believer, should be and is a natural part of life. It should be as natural to believers as breathing is to human beings. The source of our strength is in God and our access to that source is through prayer. What is Prayer? In the most simplistic of terms, it is “communication with God.” It is the spoken or unspoken desires of the heart. It is the expression of wants, needs, requests, desires, and petitions.
The Bible gives a glimpse of some praying people. In the Old Testament, we see Abraham, the friend of God and witness him frequently engaging in prayers. One of the most powerful prayers was in his discussion with the LORD regarding the fate of Sodom and his nephew Lot. Then we have David, the man God identified as being a man after His own heart. David declared in Psalms 55:17, “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.” Prayer was a natural part of life for those believers.
In the New Testament, the most prolific example is Jesus our prime example of how to live and pray. We have no record of the disciples asking Jesus to teach them to work miracles or how to preach. They did, however, ask “Lord teach us to pray!” (Luke 11:1). We follow some of the prayers of Jesus as seen in Mark 1:35, “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Also, in Luke 6:12, “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” He was our example in prayer and demonstrated how to pray.
Some more modern-day examples would be men like David Brainard and John Hyde called Praying Hyde. Charles Finney wrote that he never went into a city to preach that had not first been saturated with prayer. He had a team of intercessors who never cease to pray while he was there. Revivals were incredible and the foundation was prayer. Therefore, we ought to be a People Who Pray.
I am going to pause here and pick up the next trait in the next devotional and encourage you, if you are not now, to become a Person Who Prays and follow the directive of 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and “Pray without Ceasing.” Let prayer become who you are and not just what you do.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!