Let Us Pray
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
Prayer is something Christians talk a lot about. We know we should pray, but do we? There is often a mind-set that when we pray, we have to speak in Elizabethan English and use man-made formulas. The truth is, however, that prayer is simply talking to God.
I can remember hearing someone say once that the demons don't tremble at the thought of prayer as long as they can keep the distractions coming so we don't pray. According to surveys, the average Christian only prays 15 to 30 minutes a week. If that is true, it means that we are ignoring one of the greatest weapons given to us by God to live the overcoming life that He has promised us when we follow Him.
I have a painted rock that I keep in a very visible place in my kitchen. It says, "Life is fragile – handle with prayer." I keep it because it is a reminder to me that no matter what my future holds, I have a God who has promised me a peace that passes all understanding when I turn to Him. Phillippians 4:6-7 urges us to, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
I know that in my own life there are two things that keep me from praying–busyness and unbelief. Now, I'm not proud to admit either of those things to you. After all, I'm the prayer coordinator for Set Me Free Ministries. Prayer, and coordinating others to pray, is my job description. But if I'm honest, I've had too many times in my life when I've talked about prayer more than I've prayed.
Let's address busyness first. We can become so busy doing the work of God that we forget to talk to the God who authored the work. I think that those involved in ministry can be especially guilty of this. We can easily forget that our ministries are only as effective as the Holy Spirit enables us. And the Holy Spirit enables us only as we seek Him first in all things. In fact, Jesus, being fully God but also fully man, knew that if He was going to fulfill His ministry, He needed to pray. We are told in Luke 5:15-16, "…great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. So He Himself, often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed."
Then there is the issue of unbelief. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus tells the disciples, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move." I wish I could tell you that I have that kind of faith. Then I would say to the mountains in my life, "Move from here to there!" and when I'm praying in accordance to His will, I could just watch them move. But sadly, there are those times that I have failed to pray because I question whether or not my simple prayer could really make a difference.
But with this blog, I'm challenging you and myself to overcome our busyness and our unbelief and pray. Not just a few minutes a week, but daily, hourly, minute by minute–let us make our requests known to God with Thanksgiving and expect the God of all peace to guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Let's cause Satan to tremble when he sees us pick up our weapon and position ourselves in prayer. Let's watch the mountains in our lives, and the lives of those we care about, move from here to there. Let's pray!