What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Perhaps, one of the oft spoken about disciplines of Christianity, yet barely practiced by many believers is prayer. We know we must pray, but do we? We are not oblivious of the importance of prayer in a Christian’s life. But despite this knowledge, many still don’t give prayer the attention it deserves. If we do, it probably comes handy only when we are faced with a situation or with danger. But that must not be the case. We are created for communion with God and prayer is primarily the means by which we keep that communion.
Jesus Christ Himself was a man of prayer. We are told in Luke 22:39 that prayer was His custom. This means He was constant at it. If Jesus prayed, why are we not praying? Prayer is not an option for the believer. It is a command to obey (Luke 18:1). Prayer is a sign we trust and are dependent on God.
If indeed prayer is that important, why are we not praying? Don’t we trust God enough to answer our prayer? Scripture charges us to “Pray without ceasing” (1Thessalonians 5:17). This is a call for constant communion with God through prayer.
Are you a believer who prays? If no, start today.