“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing“. These words express a deeply held belief by Martin Luther, and no doubt is shared by many believers today. Thus, should it be any surprise that a vibrant prayer life is also one of the primary targets Satan seeks to destroy? Whether it be through our busy schedules, hoarded leisure, various distractions and/or physical exhaustion, the objective is the same – to keep us from consistent communion with God. And the reasons are obvious, for how impactful can a believer be without prayer? However, when our prayer life is vibrant and consistent, we get to experience its benefits in at least three powerful areas:
Helping: We were not created to be an island unto ourselves. People need people (Genesis 2:18). Even though some of us may be more comfortable with people while others tend to be more guarded, ultimately, God enjoys using His people to help meet both the physical and spiritual needs of the world.
Healing: We often think of healing in physical terms and no doubt this can occur, but we also experience healing in other ways. For even if our physical ailments aren’t healed, this doesn’t mean our prayers have failed. For God heals our spirit (Psalm 30:2) and in doing so we experience restoration from spiritual death, loneliness, sorrow, doubt, worry, fear and anger – just to name a few!
Holy: What separates us from the spiritual greats like Elijah, Abraham, David, Daniel, Moses, Paul and others mentioned in the Bible? For they were people just like us with failings and flaws. Yet, they were also people with vibrant prayer lives and in constant communion with God. What might God be waiting to do in and through us if we simply made ourselves available and invested, rather than rushed, our time with Him (1 Peter 2:9)?
Application: “A Life-Way” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Our prayer life directly influences our way of life. For without it, we are prone to wander and squander. However, when we make God the priority of our life, our prayers and praise will reflect it. As a result, we become more available for Kingdom impact and begin to experience His residing peace – despite the various circumstances, challenges and conquests we encounter in life.