The necessity of prayer

Lee's Summit JournalMay 30, 2014 

Did you ever play the game of swimming to the bottom of the pool looking for a thrown object? Whoever came up with it was the winner. I played this over and over and ended up exhausted. Remember how it felt to hold your breath as long as you could? Your heart pounded and your head ached because of the need for air. Breathing is necessary for your physical body, just like prayer is necessary for your spiritual health.

In his book A Force in the Earth, David Shibley said, “Lord Tennyson was right. More things are wrought by prayer than this world dream of.” Connecting with the creator of the universe is the most powerful thing we can do and we do that through prayer.

In Jeremiah 33:3 we read, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” John Wesley said, “It appears at times that God will do nothing except in response to people’s prayers.” God who can do anything at any time chooses to work through the prayers of His people. This is one of the great mysteries that God would allow us to be involved in His plan and purposes in the earth.

Prayer is one of the most powerful tools that we have as believers. Yet so many go through life without ever enjoying or participating in conversing with our Lord. It’s every believer’s choice whether he will tap into a life of power through prayer or not.

In serious times, most people know to pray whether they have a relationship with Christ or not. One person said in a kind of humorous tone, yet it gets a true message across, “There will always be prayer in school as long as there are tests in school.” Whenever there is a need that we can’t handle we are quick to run to prayer. Why? Because down deep most people know there is power in prayer. When they are desperate enough and things are out of their control, they look for help from something higher than themselves.

Why do we wait for the tragedies and the storms of life to communicate with such a loving God?

He is there with His hands open wide for us. The Bible says, in 1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

We have a heavenly Father that delights in us when we come to Him in prayer and in Jer.11:14 He has promised that when we call upon Him in prayer that He will listen to us. We are not in a position where we must beg Him to listen to us but are fortunate and blessed to be called his children.

1Thessalonians 5:17 says for us to, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.” Paul was stressing the need for the Thessalonians to be in a constant attitude of prayer. As believers we must also embrace that same mentality. It’s a privilege and great opportunity that you and I have to be able to talk with a God that knows us inside and out. His thoughts towards us are many and are of peace and not of evil. God from the very beginning of creation in the garden has wanted to walk and talk with us as He did with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day.

I encourage you to stop what you’re doing right now and pray to the one that knows you and has a purpose for your life. He is waiting to hear from you.


Bill Virgin is the Senior Pastor of Christian Life Center in Lee’s Summit.

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