“Jesus Christ was often seen against the backdrop of the rising sun or the starlit sky while He prayed. While the masses were asleep in bed Jesus was agonizing in prayer. Here is our example my friend: He was so busy and pressed for time during the day as He went about doing good and as He was thronged by the multitudes the He felt the necessity either to pray all night or to arise a great while before day and commune with His Father” – Ray H. Hughes
We are wrapping up our yearly week of fasting and prayer here at Victory Assembly. Every year we dedicate the first full week of the year to seeking The Lord for His mind and will. God has done some wonderful things as a result of this time of consecration.
In conjunction with this time of prayer, I usually teach a series of lessons on Wednesday nights in January on this subject. With that in mind, I want to use this article to share with you a few key facts about this amazing discipline.
Gen 32:24-28 KJV
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Can you think of one Christian discipline in all the Bible that offers the return that prayer does. We typically hear or read the word prayer and pass it off as too simple, too basic, or too “old-fashioned”. But NOTHING is more important for those who want to please and serve The Lord!
The topic of prayer is vast. The largest file I have in my study is on the subject of prayer. I have more books on the topic than anything else. But knowing about something, and actually practicing are worlds apart.
Let me give you the first of 3 great benefits of a dedicated prayer life.
#1 ACCESS TO THE ALMIGHTY
Prayer is the ONLY avenue that brings you intimately into God’s presence. I know some would argue that worship does that, and I know how important worship is. Worship though, is simply an aspect of prayer. I’m not talking about corporate singing here. That CAN be worship, but just because everyone may be singing about Jesus doesn’t mean He’s being worshipped. Sometimes it’s man’s way of exalting himself (but that’s a topic for another time).
When I truly pray, I am worshipping! I’m saying to The Lord, “You’re the only one worthy to seek after!”
Truth is, I didn’t come to Jesus by an act of formalized worship. It was in a prayer of repentance and surrender to Jesus Christ.
Prayer gives me access to the Almighty. I want you to think about that for a moment. The ALMIGHTY. ALL MIGHTY! Do you even realize what privilege has been granted to you?! Look at what God’s Word says about it:
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
WOW! Do you think we are truly tapping into this incredible resource?! You might be up against a crippling disease, a financial struggle, or a doctor’s report that seems impossible to wrap your mind around. Remember: you have access to the ALL MIGHTY! He said there’s nothing impossible with Him! He’s a Healer, a Savior, a Friend, and the list goes on.
What do you need to ask Him for today? Maybe you simply need to spend time with Him. How long has it been since you sat down alone – nobody but you and Jesus – and had an eternal conversation?
Joseph M. Scriven penned it best in his classic hymn, What A Friend We Have In Jesus (1855)
- What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Take it to God in prayer TODAY!
Parts 2 & 3 coming soon!
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