During the next weeks we will meditate about one of the most exciting activities in the life of a Christian: Prayer. We will learn 10 Basic Facts About Prayer, which will help us to improve our prayer life. Join me in this journey and share with your friends.
1. Prayer is a necessity
If you were offered an opportunity to meet every month with the most powerful person in the world, would you take it? And if it was a weekly meeting? How about every day, as long as you want? Prayer is just that. God, the almighty one, the creator of the universe, by His grace and mercy decided to open the door into His presence to us.
The IVP New Dictionary of Theology has this to say about prayer: “Prayer is communication with God in worship. Prayer is possible because the triune God is personal, and has so revealed himself that men and women, made in his image, may address him by name.” And also,“Prayer is the living breath of Christ’s church.”
Prayer is not only God willing to have fellowship and communion with us, but it is our necessity. We need that time with HIm. The IVP-NB Dictionary puts in this way: “This highest activity of which the human spirit is capable may also be thought of as communion with God, so long as due emphasis is laid upon divine initiative.”
Jesus, during His whole ministry, dedicated time to pray. He could not do what He did, nor live the life that He lived without praying. In one of His parables He emphasizes the importance and need of prayer. “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1.” The word should means: it is a must, it is necessary.
Prayer is like water for those who thirst. Our soul needs that moment in the presence of the Almighty. This is what the psalmist says: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2.”
My friend, prayer is not only the desire of God to have fellowship with us, it is our necessity. We are the ones who need to have communion and to converse with Him.
Have a blessed week,