is your one-on-one time with the Lord. It is a privilege that imparts a
close relationship, and brings you into the very presence of a faithful
God. (Hebrews 4:16). Prayer is God's gift to your struggling spirit.
Without it, you have no strength, no guidance, no purpose, no peace, and
no victory. With it all things are possible.
You have a
calling on your life. Prayer not only reveals your calling, but it is
also your direct line to the Holy Spirit and His power. Whatever your
calling, you are called to witness the love of God. The Holy Spirit must
pour Himself into you in order for you to spiritually impart Him to
others. As you are emptied, you must continually be refilled. Without
prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit you will burn out.
often pray for God to change circumstances. We pray for change.
Sometimes there is a change in circumstance, but often there isn't. C.S.
Lewis discovered a precious truth with the impending death
of his wife. When an agnostic colleague asked him why he bothered to
pray when it was obvious that God was not changing the circumstance of
his wife's cancer, C.S. Lewis said, “I don't pray in order to change
God. I pray because God changes me.” And that is the beauty and gift of
prayer. As we draw closer to God in prayer, we find ourselves changing
in not only attitudes, but in our actions.
discouraged in prayer. Paul writes, “We do not know what we ought to
pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that
words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of
the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance
with God's will” (Romans 8:26a-27).
Just allow Him to search your heart, and He will pray for you.