Next Tuesday morning I will begin leading a group of women in prayer.
I won’t be a teacher, or a lecturer, or preacher.
I won’t even be an expert on prayer. Gosh, I am only a kindergartner in the K-12 educational process of learning about prayer.
I know that, through prayer, my loving Father has done these things for me:
provided and protected,
taught and encouraged,
comforted and assured,
confirmed and affirmed
I hope that, when you pray, you don’t just pray all by yourself. That’s great. But we need to join together with other Christians to pray. Not just on Sunday. Any time you can.
I am hoping that the women who come next week to our hour of prayer continue to come, week by week. Jesus told a parable about persevering in prayer. (Luke 18: 1-8)
I can’t remember who said it—I think it was Martin Luther—but the quote stuck in my mind: “Prayer is not the preparation for the work. Prayer is the work.”
Prayer is not something we throw out to the winds, hoping God will catch our drift.
Prayer is an intimate and mighty exercise of our deepest yearnings for our Father’s intervention.
I have seen God’s answers to short-term prayers.
And the Lord has graciously answered prayers I prayed for forty or more years.
Some of God’s answers have been hard to take: a death rather than a physical healing; a divorce rather than restoration; a lost job rather than a promotion.
But we know that God is good. That He does indeed have a plan for us, individually, and for the world. That his plan involved the death of His Son.
And that His plan for us is eternal life.
In my research of materials for our prayer meeting, I came across some wonderful quotes from great people of faith on the subject of prayer.
I hope the following words encourage you:
“We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. It surmounts or removes all obstacles, overcomes every resisting force—and gains its end in the face of invisible hindrances.” (E.M. Bounds)
“When human reason has exhausted every possibility, the children can go to their Father and receive all they need. For only when you have become utterly dependent upon prayer and faith, only when all human possibilities have been exhausted, can you begin to reckon that God will intervene and work His miracles.” Basilea Schlink
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18 NIV Bible)
Keep on prayin’!