The move of the spirit

November 23: The Importance of Prayer

Luke 18:1

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Pray without ceasing.”

Prayer is a powerful privilege that God has given us to exchange value with Him – earth exchanging value with heaven and heaven pouring value into earth. God takes our needs and gives us His sufficiency while we give Him our time and attention to His Word. Prayer is so important that the Lord made it so compulsory for us to pray. He says in Luke 18:1 that men ought always to pray and not to faint. Note that He didn’t say, men should always pray and not to faint but “ought always to pray”, which shows priority or importance. Prayer is what we ought to do. It ought not to be subject to our feelings in any way. It ought to be an all-the-time thing with us; an unbroken communion with God that is a lifeline of our existence and living. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray without ceasing; to pray always, and not to faint. In fact, prayer is the priority of those who will do impactful and abiding work for the Lord. Through prayer, the Spirit works in and through us the will and purpose of God, such that we walk in all the good purposes of God for us. It is through prayer that the Spirit perfects and completes us in all the will of God for us (Colossians 4:12). Beloved, do not subject your prayer life to convenience. Your life depends on it and there are countless others who also depend on it also. Let your prayer life be according to the Word which says to pray without ceasing. Prayer is a priority and a necessity, not an elective.

In Acts Chapter 6, there was a murmuring between the Grecian widows and the Hebrew widows in the early church over daily ministration of food. The Apostles stood up and said, look, it is not reasonable for us to serve tables. Look among yourselves seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, and let’s put them in charge of this business of serving tables; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Prayer was the priority of the Apostles of old. Prayer ought to be our priority today also. They refused to be distracted from the important to the less important; they did not let the urgent take them away from the important. Prayer ought to be our priority today, just as much as it was the Apostles’ priority.

 

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I am given to prayer as a lifestyle; I refuse to be distracted in any way from the priority of devotion to God through prayer. Amen.

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Further Meditation:Luke 18:1-8; Acts 6:1-4.

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