I was sitting at my desk listening to a powerful song by Eddie James called “Make Me a House of Prayer.” It brought me to thinking how little so many value prayer.
Something rises up in me when people get upset when you tell them to pray. They want a 3, 7, and 12 step system to get the results they want. Therefore, prayer is not the answer for them because what I realized a long time ago is that we value systems because it’s tangible and it’s all done in our own strength.
But prayer…oh but prayer is a whole different kind of something many don’t seem to want. So what do we do? We don’t pray so we allow the waves of life to toss us every which way. Enemy attacks keep coming in every direction and we sit there and let everything happen. We accept that this is just the way it is and we wait for our departure from this earth. Some will fall into depression and many others into addictions to cope.
Let me make this prayer thing a little clearer because the other day I had to make it real clear with another person. Because I was done when they said, “Oh here we go with prayer again. That does not do anything! I have to do something besides pray!”
My answer was, “Yeah that’s why you need to pray because you just said you don’t know what to do! You need to know what that something is right?” Oh how funny we just tell on ourselves. All. The. Time.
Prayer connects you to the Father in heaven who has the answer to your every need. When we come to the throne of grace there is help. Now sometimes that help is making us humble ourselves, getting us to lay aside the sin issues in our lives, getting us to see the lies that have been keeping us bound, helping us to get loose from that controlling spirit, bringing us to a place to forgive others just as Christ forgave us, be set free with truth, or even giving us strategy for our lives and family.
We have got to stop wanting microwave solutions to everything when the King of Kings is trying to mold us to look more like Him. If we are going be God’s representation on this earth and be such carriers of His presence then we are going to have to become houses of prayer. We are going to have to spend time with the Lord (the one we have been ignoring) and face all the ways we will have die to this stinking flesh so that we can grow, produce fruit, and display His glory even more.
When we seek Him you better believe He will take care of everything else. He may not take care of it on your watch and it may not look how you had it all plotted in head, but rest in this; it will still be added to you and it will exactly what you need.
If Jesus is continually interceding for us at the right hand of God, how dare we discount prayer as a lifestyle? The power is not in prayer alone but in who our prayers (as Disciples of Christ) are connected to…His name is I AM! Blessings to you this day!
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