‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication’
Question: Why is prayer so important to one’s Christian life?
Answer: Prayer is the direct link to God. It is the chief source of the Christian’s strength of his daily life. Prayer enables us to battle with the enemies of our very soul. Prayer is so precious that there are over 600 various prayers in the Bible. Depending on the version of the Bible used, it’s hard to pinpoint how many times the word pray, prays, prayed, praying, or prayers are used. (Bible Dictionary). For instance, in the NIV the word is mentioned 375 times.
There is a big game being played in the spiritual realm. The only way to ‘get off the bench’ on God’s team and enter the game is through prayer. When your number is called, will you be ready? Through prayer you will experience the fullness of what God has to offer. Praying will cause a renewing of your mind, spirit and soul. Prayer will cause the Spirit inside of you to connect with God’s Spirit. Praying will take you from human strength and understanding to God’s strength and understanding. Prayer will catapult you from the visible to the invisible. God is Spirit and the primary way to get to God is through prayer. And through prayer the presence of God will become real. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 6:18 states: ‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints’.
Reverend David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rev Deal can be reached at the Westside Gazette, 545 NW Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org