Do you know why I like prayer? Let me go around a bit before I answer that question. So many think of prayer as an “I have to” part of being a Christian or, as a last resort to getting something done. We tend to put so much pressure on ourselves about getting prayer done, that we turn it into a negative rather than the positive strength builder it is intended to be.
Prayer is all about relationship. Matthew 21:22 says “If you believe…”. Believe in what? Believe in the One to whom you are praying to. Believe in Jesus Christ. Believe He is our Savior, believe He wants to share in our joys and our sorrows. Believe He cares about us. That speaks to me of relationship.
When I have relationship (whether with my spouse or a special friendship) there is an eagerness to spend time together, to be able to share what’s going on in my life and know by doing so I am not carrying my burden alone. What makes it even grander to go to the Lord is the promise He can help us where our human relationships are very limited in what they can do.
Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. And Matthew 11:28-30 tells us to “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest…” (you read the rest of it).
The world places so many demands on our time, even the mundane chores of everyday living (shopping, cleaning, cooking, work, school, etc). It’s enough to wear a person down just thinking about it.
Now, back to answer the first question, “Why I like prayer”? For me it’s a time of peace in being in God’s presence (Nehemiah 8:10), He gives me strength in reminding me I am not alone on this journey called life. He places no demands on me; He does not try to pull me 100 different directions. I can rest in Him. He encourages me to pick up my shield of Faith and keep going. And prayer strengthens the cords that tie me to following Jesus.
Why do we procrastinate going to prayer so much? We put it off thinking I’ll get to it later. I believe too many Christians have done just that, and look at what has become of our country and our homes.
Until we make prayer our priority and band together with fellow Christians we will not be seeing many changes take place for the better. Understand there is a personal time of prayer (very important), corporate prayer (that is, praying with others. Very important), and there is also the “get down on your knees, come together and petition God for the needs of family, church, nation, world, and all the details that takes in!” (Very Important!)
Don’t put it off, please! Prayer taps into the power of God to do great and mighty things to build His kingdom. Be a part of that, for your sake and for the sake of others! And may God lead you and bless you as you grow closer to Him, through Prayer!