Tuesday August 7, 2018
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
Prayer is one of the most vital, and yet underappreciated pieces of our faith. We find Jesus praying throughout the entire New Testament. Jesus prayed so much because He believed in its power. This is where it all starts. Belief. If we don’t believe prayer can change circumstances, why would we do it at all?
Matthew 21:21-22 reads, “Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what has done to the fig tree, but also you can say this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
On my visit to Nairobi, Kenya, our group was paired with an organization called, Life in Abundance (LIA). This group helped equip and connect us to the local leaders and churches. We learned an abundance of useful information from them (see what I did there). One memory that will stick with me forever is their commitment and belief in prayer.
Every Monday they would start out their week praying boldly in the name of Jesus. They would ask for some pretty serious stuff to happen. One of the prayers was for a man who was captured by another African country. He could be killed at any moment. The way they prayed is what really hit me. They seemed like they had no doubt Jesus would provide. This is what He wants from us. Full belief, full boldness, and our full heart during our prayers. I’m guilty of just sending up a quick thoughtless prayer, but I need to start realizing the power it can have on my life and more-so the lives of others around me.
“If you believe, you will receive…” – Jesus
Do I believe when I pray?
How can I begin to start praying with boldness and belief?
Dear Lord, help us revisit the power of prayer in our lives. Teach us to pray with expectancy. Let our lives be known to you through this. Amen.
Have a great day!