When You Pray

It’s the beginning of a brand new year and everyone is talking about getting into shape. Physical health is important, but we want to take the next three weeks to talk about spiritual health. How is your spiritual pulse?

More specifically, how is your prayer pulse? Steady? Sluggish?

Prayer is counterintuitive. It goes against our do-it-yourself, bootstrap culture. Prayer is an admission that we can’t make it on our own. It is an act of faith and trust. Jesus assumes that we will pray.

And when you pray…..Matthew 6:5 NIV

In his lesson on prayer, Jesus gives some basic instructions. Don’t pray for show. Don’t pray mindless words. Be specific. But the biggest observation is that he didn’t say “if you pray” he said “when.”

Prayer is something Jesus expected would be a part of every believer’s life – of your life. The Bible is full of references to prayer. We see prayer a few chapters in to the mammoth text in and the book of Revelation concludes with “Amen.” The Bible is bookended by prayer and filled with praying people whose prayers brought incredible change in their lives

Something happens when we pray!

… You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:2 NIV

God’s prevailing power is released through prayer. For some reason, certain expressions of his power can only be released in response to prayer. It’s a beautiful picture of the potent combination of the will of God and our dependent, surrendered relationship with him.

Prayer is not a boring spiritual disciple. It is a key to unlocking the the will of the Father.

God is able to do far more than we could ever imagine. He has power over nature, power over circumstances and power over hearts. Do you need something in your world to change this year? Pray!

Check your prayer pulse. Is it pounding a little bit stronger? We hope so! Be sure to pick up our Pulse Prayer and Fasting Guide this Sunday and join us as we dedicate this time at the beginning of the year to seek the face of God.