Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
I grew up in a Christian home, went to church every week and tried not to break any commandments. Over time church going seemed like a routine and prayer wasn’t important, until about four years or so ago.
I had reached a point where I was very tired of doing everything by myself. I surrendered to God hoping that He would come through for me ONE LAST TIME.
One thing I noticed is that Christians are so good at talking about prayer, thereby, missing the blessings that come with prayer.
Prayer is a way of communication between a believer and the Creator. God made me realize that He doesn’t get tired of hearing from me – the same way I enjoy hearing from my friends and family is the same way He desires for me to check in with Him consistently. Jesus prayed. A whole Jesus fam. He took time to pray for His friends and even Himself (Luke 22:31-34). The fact that He took time to pray means that there is something about this thing called prayer.
Many years ago, my parents invested in DSTV, and every evening one of them watched Africa Magic which had long movies. Some of them ended with how powerful prayer was. I wondered why we didn’t pray that much though. In all honesty, they seemed to move mountains through prayer in those movies. Please don’t judge.
Prayer is so powerful. James 5:16-18 declares, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” God hears our prayers the very second we start praying and dispatches His angels to attend to the pleas of His children (Daniel 10:12).
The devil knows the power of prayer and he knows that if the children of God took a moment to pray over everything, he would have a hard time. Most of the things we go through: arguments and debates we engage in; as well as relationships – platonic and otherwise -; would be better if we prayed.
We cannot access powerful prayer by using “magic formulas.” Our prayers being answered is not based on their eloquence. We don’t have to use certain words or phrases for God to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using repetitions: “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:7-8).
As stated earlier prayer is communicating with God, and all you have to do is ask God for His help. Psalm 107:28-30 reminds us, “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.” There is power in prayer!
“Prayer is the best medicine. God is the best doctor.” – Unknown
Well for me, prayer provided me with the following:
- Relief from anxiety. He says you can cast your burdens on Him for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:17. I have learned that the Bible covers every aspect of our lives and directs us on how to pray.
- A constant line of communication with a friend, who created me.
- Prayer lets the peace of Christ arbitrate in my heart. Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body, and be thankful.”
This kind of peace isn’t just freedom from worry, but the peace between different peoples. How can we, as believers, let the peace of Christ arbitrate in all our relationships with people, especially other believers, that are different from us? It’s only by our prayer.
When we pray, Christ will become the real umpire, ruler, and decider in everything. The main “call” our “Umpire” makes is “you’re wrong! Repent. Confess and say you’re sorry.”
This arbitrating peace is a great benefit of prayer!
Those three things are what prayer has given me, and there is more.
When you are going through tough times, pray.
When you are happy, pray.
When you are anxious, pray
When you feel weak and attacked, pray.
When you are sick or well, pray.
When work, business or your career path seems to be tough, pray.
If your friend or family member is going through something, pray.
If your marriage seems to be failing, pray.
Prayer is our weapon and, the devil is our enemy. When we pray without ceasing he is rendered powerless.
“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time – waking and sleeping. It does not change God – it changes me.” – C. S. Lewis
Everything affects everything; everyone affects everyone. If we all took a moment and harkened to the admonition to “pray without ceasing” we would have fewer burdens. I have learnt that God is the only person who I can speak to at any given point and He will hear me. He never runs out of data or goes offline. God is consistent, and He is always available.
Cultivate a spirit of prayer, learn to let God deal with your battles and you will see Him work in your life.
Sithabile aka Stha is an integral part of the bAw Team. She is the prayer warrior for our team and our sisters who form part of the bAw movement. She is also a young business woman and offers consulting services for business solutions. You can find her at the below sites:
Thank you lady for reminding us that we are not powerless in this life and in the challenges we face. God has given us a most effective weapon in prayer. We just need to actually use it.
How do you view prayer sis? Have you found that prayer is in fact a powerful weapon or do you struggle to understand how to pray? Please do leave your comments, questions or your own understanding of prayer. We’d love to hear from you.
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We are praying for you.