Don’t Know to Pray, Pray to Know
We have all heard it preached from the pulpit about the power of prayer, about how prayer is necessary and on our to-do list if we want to succeed. We all know to pray. But how many of us really practice the art of prayer? And how many of us actually pray so that we know the will and heart of God?
Jesus thought it was so important that he devoted one of his public speeches to this topic with his famous teaching about the Lord’s Prayer in the book of Matthew 6:9-13:
“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be doneon earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
Over the past few days, I have had friend after friend call me to tell me that I have been on their heart and to ask if we can pray together.
As I always do, I responded positively, internally thanking God that someone was thinking about me and asking God to put into our spirits exactly what it is that he wants me to say to them and them to say to me.
The beauty is that, each time the anointing has come on me with such incredible power that I have been blown away. My body has not been able to contain the anointing. I have been shaking and buzzing like someone who stuck their finger in a power circuit! I know God’s power has been in me and flowing through me because there has been a physical evidence of it, not to mention answers to prayer.
What that has shown me and reignited in me is a desire for prayer and to be walking in that anointing. It has also shown me that the times that I have persisted in prayer, even when I wasn’t feeling it, have brought me to this moment.
What started a few days ago as a simple conversation with a friend and a simple prayer taking authority because I felt that was what I should do, has today evolved into a very powerful prayer and conversation with another friend, followed by an even more powerful and anointed whole of family prayer time for the first time in a long time. And at that prayer time, God started to release his giftings and encouragement flowed between all family members.
This prayer thing is not just for ourselves, it is for our countries, our governments, our leaders, our families, our friends…the whole world. And as we look to Jesus, keeping our focus on him, all the troubles and cares of this world will fade away. We look to Him through prayer.
And finally, prayer does not have to be long, arduous or difficult. It can be simple conversations with God with an expectation of faith that you will hear God speak, that you will have what you ask for and that you are asking in accordance with His will.
We can be radical movers and shakers in this Earth, but it starts with prayer. And Jesus even went as far as to tell us how to pray in Mathew 6:6:
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
You will find the answers to every question in Him. So I encourage you to abandon the stress of worry or trying to work things out in your own strength for the exchange of a peaceful, prayer in your quiet place where you can hear God speaking to your heart. And the next time someone comes to you and wants to share their burden with you, your first response can be, ‘Let’s pray together, because prayer changes things.’ It certainly will help you not to walk around with the cares of the world on your shoulders.
And finally, I love this scripture in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And that last part is the gift we receive when pray…God’s peace.