“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.”
Germaine Griffin Copeland wrote: “Prayer is fellowshipping with the Father--a vital, personal contact with God Who is more than enough. We are to be in constant communion with Him. Prayer is not to be a religious form with no power. It is effective and accurate and brings results.”
The Lord's office and the line of communication to and from Him is open all year; every day of the week; and 24 hours a day. He is our personal helper; is always on call; is never taking a coffee break or out of the office; or taking a day off because He is sick, stressed or overworked. He is always listening for your heartfelt prayers.
Helen Steiner Rice wrote, “There's always one door that is open to you--And that is the door to The House of Prayer, And you'll find God waiting to meet you there”.
Let's examine God's Word for a few examples of why it is important for God's people to pray, and also how important praying was to Jesus.
In the Book of Luke it stated that Jesus went up on a mountain to pray. He prayed all night to the Father. At daybreak He “called together all of His disciples, and chose twelve of them to be apostles”. For a Christian, this is an important lesson to think about because Jesus showed what action needs to be taken first before making a final decision, and that action is to pray.
In Luke, one of His disciples went to Jesus and said: “Lord, teach us to pray...”. The prayer He taught them is often called “The Lord's Prayer” because He gave it to them. Many Christians memorize this prayer, and if at times, needs are great, and prayer words are hard to come by, you can find a great deal of comfort in knowing that Jesus taught the disciples this prayer, and that you are also praying the same words.
The longest prayer of Jesus in the New Testament is in the Book of John, Chapter 17, where Jesus prayed for Himself; prayed for His disciples; and prayed for future believers and that includes you and me.
Prayer was extremely important to Jesus; the disciples; and it should be very important to all of God's people. It is the direct communication line to Him. Psalm 145, states: “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth”.
The importance of prayer rolls onward even though Jesus is now with His Father in heaven. He continues to make intercession on our behalf (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 9:24). That scripture alone should be of great encouragement, and also should indicate how important it is for Christians to continue their prayer life.
Lord God, thank You for the examples of the prayers of Jesus. Help us to aspire to grow in our prayer life. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington