Prayer; one of the most important parts of the Christian life. When we pray, we are talking to the creator of heaven and earth, the One who gives us life and holds us together, even when we feel like we are falling apart.
Prayer is powerful; from the beginning of time man has been talking to God. Bringing their requests and praises to the One who can do all things.
When I wrote that line above, it made me stop, while the words flowed freely from my pencil, I began to think; who in the Bible prayed? And what did they pray about?
First, I asked my Dad, as a retired Pastor he has a lot of knowledge, and I often come to him, or my Mom, to ask those “deep” questions.
So, as we sat down to lunch, I came with pen and paper in hand and picked my Dad’s brain. First, we both came to the same conclusion, in the Old Testament, God often appeared to people in person, but did they pray? Mom and Dad named a couple of people they knew who prayed, such as Abraham and Elijah, but I needed and wanted to know more. So, after lunch, I got out my Dad’s huge Strong’s Concordance, and I looked up ‘Prayed’.
And we discovered dozens of people prayed, while we knew people in the Bible prayed, I was interested in what they prayed and gave praise for.
Moses prayed for deliverance (Numbers 11:2)
Hannah gave praise (1 Samuel 2:1)
Daniel gave praise and confessed his wrongs (Daniel 6:10 & 9:4)
Jonah prayed from the belly of the fish (Jonah 2)
Paul and Silas prayed and gave praise while in prison (Acts 16:25)
Even Jesus prayed (Matthew 26:39)
From the days of Abraham and Moses, we’ve been praying to the same Almighty God.
First off, is that not amazing? That we can pray to the same God Moses and David prayed to? And what’s even more amazing that God wants to hear from us, He wants us to come to Him for every request and praise.
When you think about praying, you could think about praying for something big or major. We don’t often think about asking or praying for something we consider minor.
But really, we can bring to God everything, every little detail that concerns us, God wants us to bring it all to Him.
Feeling grumpy? Tell Him.
Found the exact change you needed? Praise Him.
Can’t find your keys? Ask Him.
Though God already knows everything about us, He wants us to come to Him and rely on Him for every area of our life.
And we can come freely and boldly Hebrews 4:16 says that we can come boldly to the Throne of Grace. We can come to the Throne of Grace and talk to God.
When we pray, we are talking to God.
How many people in a day do you talk to? Right now, that might be limited, but either on the phone, emails, texts or even in person, we talk to a lot of people, we have conversations with people.
In the same way, we can have conversations with God, and we can talk to Him throughout the day.
Often, we think prayer is a hard or complex thing to do, but it’s the same as having a conversation with a good friend or your Mom.
And there is no one else that always wants to hear from us. He’s always there and ready to hear from us.
So, why don’t we? It is our natural human way to want to do things on our own, and not want to admit we need help. Or sometimes we feel like we are too busy to pray.
But if you sent that email, it’s the same as talking to God. Throughout the day, talk to Him. He is the closest friend you will ever have.
Right now, during this time of trouble, we need to pray and cry out to the One who has the ultimate power over everything. Pray to the One who gives peace
A lot of the songs I grew up with come back around in my life from time to time, and this one I believe is perfect. It’s called ‘Have You Ever Talked to God Above?’
And the lyrics are the perfect ending to this post.
Did you ever talk to God above?
Tell Him that you need a friend to love.
Pray in Jesus’ name believing
that God answers prayer.
Have you told Him all your cares and woes?
Every tiny little fear He knows.
You can know He’ll always hear
And He will answer prayer.
You can whisper in a crowd to Him.
You can cry when you’re alone to Him.
You don’t have to pray out loud to Him;
He knows your thoughts.
On a lofty mountain peak, He’s there.
In a meadow by a stream, He’s there.
Anywhere on earth you go,
He’s been there from the start.
Find the answer in His Word; it’s true.
You’ll be strong because He walks with you.
By His faithfulness He’ll change you, too.
God answers prayer.