When in doubt, PRAY! In College, I was blessed to be a part of a mission project with Campus Crusade for Christ. During that summer I learned several things about God’s provision and God’s execution of His plan in people’s lives. Our leader taught us a great deal about taking our relationship with God deeper. One statement he made, a quote from Oswald Chambers, stuck with me and has guided me through the last 36 years. “Prayer is not the preparation for the greater work, it is the greater work.”
James closes his letter to the church with the value and urgency of prayer. Prayer is our vehicle to give God the adoration He deserves. Prayer allows us to thank God for all He has provided and done in our lives. Prayer gives us the ability to come clean when we try to retake the throne of our lives or try to stray from what we know to be the truth. Finally, Prayer is the place we come to seek the help and direction of our creator and Heavenly Father.
God always has time for us to pray. He always listens. He is quick to forgive, quick to redeem, and quick to protect, provide and prepare us for the mission we are on. Like any dad, God is specifically interested and concerned about all aspects of our lives. He loves the victories, He aches with us through the defeats. He wants to heal, to restore and to redeem–if we will allow Him to do so in His way and time. God continues to remind us that we are never too old, nor too experienced to see Him respond in amazing ways to prayer. We simply need to make prayer the first alternative and not the last. We also need to patiently wait and seek His will and plan for our lives–NOT ours disguised in spirituality.
Finally, know that while God will always meet us where we are, that does not mean that He does not know what is on our hearts and mind. We do not need to play games with God. We simply need to face Him and speak the truth. He has big shoulders. He can take it. He knows our deepest thoughts. We must pray honestly. There was a period in my life where I could only pray one simple prayer–“Lord grant me enough faith to continue to pray for faith!” He always listens and always knows our hearts. Thank You, Lord, for making prayer the greater work! Help me to seek You first and foremost in this journey.
God Bless You
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.