I have a confession to make.
Today, as I sat in a church I was visiting, the sermon was on prayer. Now, being the blogger behind a blog known as a prayer ministry, this caught my attention.
As Christians, we all know that there is a spiritual war going on, just as Ephesians 6 states. The “Armor of God” passage in Ephesians 6 speaks of the importance of putting on our Armor (you can read more about it in this post). But many people do not keep reading the rest of the passage, which is equally important. It says:
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
(Ephesians 6:18, NIV)
You guys, as the pastor today said, prayer is indispensable in our fights against the enemy! Yet, most of us feel that our prayer lives could use a lot of work—and I am one of them.
My confession is this: Sometimes, I purely go through the motions on this blog, without even praying for those I am asking others to pray for. Sounds hypocritical, right? That’s because it is.
Whatever the reason for our lacking prayer lives, it is important now, more than ever, to seek Jesus in prayer—not so that He can give us what we want, but so that we become aligned with what He wants.
And one more thing: don’t stop praying until you get an answer. This is personal to me for many reasons, but one of the biggest ones is praying for the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu to be set free. As I’ve watched their story over the years, my prayers for them have definitely lost fervor, as it seems more and more hopeless to pray.
But Jesus is not finished with this story, yet— and prayers on their behalf are not falling on deaf ears! Do you understand this? We have a God who listens to us.
So, whatever you are praying for, if you have not heard an answer, keep praying. Let it be your first go-to, and not your last defense. It is crucial, not only in our intimacy with God, but with our warfare against the devil.
Keep praying, friends. Your prayers are precious to our Father.
I leave you with the words of King David, proclaiming the goodness of God in prayer.
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.”
(Psalm 116:1-2, NIV)
Do you know Jesus?
We do not need to go through priests and saints to reach our God. Because of what Jesus did for us, we can come straight to Him in prayer in our time of need. Read more about what Jesus did, and how it changes everything, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):
- The Chibok girls & Leah Sharibu. Pray for their welfare, for God’s protection over their lives, and for their freedom to come soon!
- That Jesus would help us become more fervent and committed in prayer. It might sound silly to pray about praying, but we can do nothing without the Hand of God on our lives!
Thank you for your prayers!