Prayer may be the one thing we talk about most yet engage in the least.
A House of Prayer
We read in both Old and New Testaments, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7; Mark 11:17).” This does not describe people who pray for all nations, but a place of prayer open to people of all nations.
Would anyone describe Alsbury as a “house of prayer?” Would anyone conclude that prayer is a priority in our lives based upon our church schedule and calendar?
- Oswald Chambers wrote in “My Utmost for His Highest”, “We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.”
- Corrie Ten Boom, who hid Jewish families in her Holland home asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
- Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation said, “I have so much to do that I must spend the first three hours of each day in prayer.”
- Author Ted Dekker wrote, “Prayer may just be the most powerful tool mankind has.”
How Do we View Prayer?
Prayer may be seen as an attempt to change the mind and will of God. Instead, prayer is about changing my mind and will.
Prayer is essential to my walk with God. Prayer is my most intimate engagement with the Father. Prayer is indispensable to the follower of Christ who desires spiritual maturity.
This Sunday we will consider Luke’s account of Jesus’ arrest and Luke’s description of a failure or unwillingness to pray. The passage has challenged me deeply.
I believe we will hear from the Holy Spirit when we gather for worship on Sunday.