Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Treasure the precious gift of prayer!

            A story is told about a small town in the Midwest that was “dry.”  No liquor or beer could be purchased in the city.  It wasn’t because of any laws that had been made.  It was just that no one had ever built a bar or liquor store in the area. One day, however, things changed.  A local business man decided to build a tavern.  Many in the town were upset.  A group of Christians from a local church planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene.  It just so happened that shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and burned it to the ground just days before it was to open.
The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were not responsible.  The presiding judge, after his initial review of the case stated that “No matter how this case comes out, one thing is clear. The tavern owner believes God answers prayer and the Christians do not.”
How about you? Do you believe that prayer works or is it just a pious wish on our part? When you pray do you expect God to answer? Is prayer an important part of your life or something you only do in cases of emergency.
Hopefully you see prayer as a precious privilege. Hopefully prayer is an important part of your life and something you use regularly. A wise old Christian once said: "The best way to stay on your feet in this life is to get down on your knees." Another friend of mine said she was brought up on her knees. She was taught to kneel in prayer when faced with problems & to kneel to pray to thank God for his blessings.
For many of us, prayer was a part of our life from the time we were a small child. From little on we learned how to fold our hands, bow our heads, close our eyes in pray. We learned bedtime prayers, mealtime prayers, and church-time prayers. We know we can pray anywhere and at any time. We have learned from little on the importance and power of prayer.
Yet I think most of us would confess that our prayer life isn't what it should be. Too often we neglect prayer, belittle it by our lack of faith. God’s promises are clear. He promises to answer every prayer we make. His answer may not come right away but it will come. It may be yes or it may be no. Either way it is an act of love on God’s part. His wisdom and love always do what is best for us.
Pray often. Pray fervently. Pray with a believing heart that trusts in God’s promises. Submit your prayers as Jesus did – “Not my will but thine be done.”