Prayer

Can You Hear Me Now?

The words “pray” or “prayer” is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible, so if you believe in the Bible you have to believe something about prayer. Years ago I found a statement that expresses my feelings on prayer. It says, “I don’t believe in prayer…I depend on it.” I guess you could say that I have staked my life on prayer. Let me share a personal experience to illustrate.

Prayer

In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus gave guidelines for us when we pray.  In this section, which is part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares what is called today the “Model Prayer.”  In Luke 11:1-2, this same prayer is shared with the apostles when one of them asked, “Lord teach us to pray.”

Reflections on Prayer

How often do we use prayer like a “911” emergency call? There’s a fire in the kitchen, we’ve done everything we can to put it out, but the fire is still blazing – so we call the fire department. In terms of prayer, we do everything we can to fix (a broken relationship, an illness, a challenging situation, etc) and when we have come to the end of our rope – THEN we begin to pray asking for God’s help.

Why Pray?

The act of prayer teaches us our own unworthiness. This is a very important lesson for proud beings like us. If God gave us favors without asking us to pray for them, we would never know how poor we were. Through true prayer, we stake our claim on divine wealth, but we also confess our human emptiness. The healthiest state for a Christian is to be always empty of self and constantly dependent on the Lord for supplies-poor in self and rich in Jesus. That is why we pray.