LORD TEACH US TO PRAY
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ” (Phil. 4:6-7).
Whatever is worth worrying about is certainly worth praying about. God is never more than a prayer away from you. When you feel swept off your feet, get back to your knees. “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me” (Robert Murry Cheyne). Heaven is ready to receive you when you pray.
When we pray, we link ourselves with God’s inexhaustible power and insight. Remember that prayers can’t be answered until they are prayed. “Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and ye shall receive them” (Mark 11:24). “A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel” (anonymous). When we pray, we must simultaneously position ourselves to be willing to take the action that God requires as answers to our prayer. The prayers a person lives on his feet are no less important than those he says on his knees.
The devil smiles when we make plans. He laughs when we get too busy. But he trembles when we pray.
The strongest action that you can take in any situation is to go to your knees and ask God for help. The highest purpose of faith or prayer is not to change my circumstances but to change me. Pray to do the will of God in every situation. Nothing else is worth praying for. “Do not have your concert and tune your instruments afterwards. Begin the day with God” (James Hudson Taylor).
Prayer may not change all things for you, but it sure changes you for all things. Prayer is the stop that keeps you going.
If God is your father, please call home!