I have several books on my shelf that “need” to be read. I bought them with the purpose of reading them, I just have not gotten around to it. I want to read them, but they have not naturally risen to the top of my to do list yet. So, last week, I snatched one off the shelf and dove in. A few pages into it, the author wrote:
“Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change – the reordering of our loves. Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.”
So much for light reading and reflection – “prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.” It is “the main way we experience deep change.” Does my prayer life reflect such? On multiple occasions, Paul helps us understand the importance of prayer as he reveals his heart and his prayer for other believers. In Ephesians 1:15-19, Paul writes:
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
One of our greatest blessings is to be able to pray to the God of all creation. To pour out our hearts and to allow him to work in our hearts and change us. On top of that, we have the beautiful example that Paul gave us of praying for others. As you pray, would you pray the following for our children and students:
– That they will know Christ as Savior early in life and treasure their inheritance as children of God; that they will not accept Satan’s deceitful lies but will walk in the light as heirs of the Kingdom of God.
– That they will have a hatred for sin and all things wicked, and a love for godliness and righteousness.
– That they will rightly receive discipline and instruction; that they will be quick to repent; that they will be caught when they are guilty.
– That they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional, and physical. Pray that they stand firm in persecution, and firmly against those who persecute.
– That they will have a responsible and loving attitude in their relationships with others. Pray that they will walk in humility and look to the needs of others.
– That they will respect God’s lordship over them, and those He has placed in authority over them.
– That they will choose godly influences; that they will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong ones; that they will be “hedged in” so they cannot find their way to wrong people or places, and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them; that they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one.