Paul cannot write a letter without including prayer too. He believes in and has experienced the power of prayer too much to let it slip. Therefore the following instruction: 1Here are my directions: Pray much for others; plead for God’s mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them. 2 Pray in this way for kings and all others who are in authority over us, or are in places of high responsibility, so that we can live in peace and quietness, spending our time in godly living and thinking much about the Lord.
Prayer is actually a special gift given to everybody. It is a powerful tool that God gave us to talk to Him. It is the telephone connection between us and the Lord. How does the handset on your telephone look? A thick layer of dust on it?
Interesting that you call it a handset and not a mouth set. Look, when I pray, it’s definitely more a mouth set, because it’s one-way communication and I’m the main communicator every time.
Where lies the power of prayer then? When I talk on the phone, I stop now and then to give the other person a chance to speak and respond (except when my mother-in-law is on the line, because then the other one gets little chance to speak! Eish, now I’m brave!). No, jokes aside, when I pick up the phone to talk to God, I have to give Him a chance to say what He wants to say. My mother would have said, after all, that’s only good manners.
When we read about prayer in the Bible, God is the main focus. Then our fellow women and men. Paul also says here that we should intercede for the government and for those who keep the peace.
Do you know how much prayer they need? They themselves don’t even realise how much strength and wisdom they need! Some of them aren’t even children of God, and for them we should pray even more! They need every little piece of prayer, even if they don’t even know they need it!
When I read the prayer requests that come to Crossroad, I see hundreds of people suffering. People in dead ends not knowing where to turn to. And when you read between the lines, you can see they have no strength left to withstand the hardship.
We need one another’s prayers. My family and I definitely need prayer. I can see in my everyday life how the devil tries to kick my feet out from under me. He tries with all his power to do something to stop Crossroad. Whether it’s at work or in my relationship with my loved ones. My family and I need prayer! I cannot remain standing without prayer and its powerful effect.
Therefore, prayer is more than simply talking and listening. There is also a reaction – a powerful impact, because God is moving. God hears and wants to do. He is looking for places to stick plasters, console and bring relief. He wants to let his light shine where people are sitting in darkness. He wants to drop a steaming plate of food and a warm blanket under the bridge.
Maybe now is a good time for you to kneel down and pick up the handset (note “handset”!) and sit like that for a while simply listening!
Do you believe in the power of prayer?
Who do you have to pray for right now?
For what do you need to pray for yourself?
Lord, please help me to make time for prayer. Teach me how to pray. Teach me to talk less and listen more. Amen.