Pray!

(May you be encouraged by this article from December 3, 2003, written by Pastor Rod.)

Pray, dear Christian! And don't let anything deter you from it! Pray for the hurting ones! Pray for the lost! Why is it important? What's the big deal? Think about it, dear Christian! The reasons go far beyond filling this page, that's for sure! 

First of all: we have a God who excels at hearing prayer! Remember what the angel said to old Zechariah?  "Do not be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard!" Lk. 1:13 

   God excels at hearing prayer. It's one of His favorite things to do! One of the most moving examples of this is found in the story of Abraham's servant and the great prayer he prayed. He'd been sent on an assignment: to find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac. (How would you like that job?) Uncomfortable with the great magnitude of his task, the old servant prayed: "O Lord God of my master Abra-ham, give me success today. See! I am standing beside this well, and the daughters of the townspeople will come out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a girl, 'Please let down your jar that I may have a drink', and she says 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too', let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this, I will know that you have shown kindness to my master." Gen. 24: 12-20

   The very next verse sends a chill down my spine! "Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out, with a jar on her shoulder. She was very beautiful." When the old man asked for a drink, Rebekah said exactly what he had prayed she would say! 

We have a God who excels at hearing prayer. It is important to Him! It must be important to us as well. 

Secondly: prayer moves the heart of God. I can't explain how it works with God's Sovereignty, dear Christian. But for goodness' sake, whatever you do, don't let God's sovereignty silence your prayers! The truth of it is that ours is such a gracious and loving God that, in all His awesome sovereignty, He answers your prayers as if He were overcome by them! "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much," we read, remember? James 5:16 

   Even the great Calvinist preacher, Jonathan Edwards who loved the theme of the Sovereignty of God noticed how readily God allows Himself to be moved by prayer: "Such a prayer-hearing God is the Most High, that He Graciously manifests himself as conquered by it."  Don't tie God up with his own sovereignty, dear Christian! And never doubt when you pray! He hears your prayer, and it moves His heart! 

Thirdly: prayer is a privilege that has come at a great cost! One of the reasons why God hears your prayers is because of the great cost that was paid to make prayer even possible. Prayer is one of the reasons why Christ died on the Cross, so that you could be restored in your relationship with God. The great shadow of the Cross looms across your prayers, and God is especially attentive because of it. Consider this: knowing the great cost of this privilege of prayer, how wrong it would be for us to ignore it! 

Fourthly: when you pray, you never pray alone.

You have a Mediator now! I hope you know that! He prays for you whenever you pray! He stands with you in prayer "at the right hand of the Father." Rom. 8:34 Do you know what that means? Picture a courtroom, with a judge at the bar. Where does the Accuser stand? At the judge's left hand. And where is the De-fender, the Advocate? You got it! And He's there for you! He's your 'Defender'!

   A few more things need to be said on this subject. First of all, God may not hear every prayer. The prayers of the proud, the faithless and the insincere may well go un-heard. Prov. 1:28-29 But that is not you, right? Your prayers are heard! And God answers prayer in the way He sees fit. We can all be thankful for that! He knows what's best, and that's what He'll do! Your job is to ask, and trust in His goodness. 

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. 

 

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