Firstly I’d like to start off by emphasising on the fact the prayer, is one of the fundamental attributes which helps us as Christians live a fruitful and prosperous life. Prayer helps build a strong foundation for Christian living, I mean if Jesus who is God prayed shouldn’t that alone encourage us to pray. Especially since our goal as Christians is to become more like Christ. Also the bible encourages us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Prayer provides us with a platform to communicate with our heavenly father, to pour out our hearts to God, and to listen to what’s on Gods mind. Prayer is such a powerful tool which we can use to overcome the devil, as the bible says we do not fight against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). Sometimes we can underestimate the power of prayer, but believe me when I say prayer changes situations. So don’t ever think your prayers are hitting the ceiling or think that you’re just talking into an empty space. I can’t lie I’ve felt like that at times, in fact many times, but you gotta keep trusting God and hanging onto His word. Remember the prayer acronym P.US.H. (Pray until something happens), hold onto that and never give up on prayer.
Another great aspect of prayer is that it helps aid in spiritual growth, the more time we spend in God’s presence the more we grow, the more we talk to God the more He reveals to us. Doesn’t that just blow you away! When you communicate with God on a daily basis, you will notice a change in your prayer pattern. You may realise that content of your prayer changes, because you find you are praying for what’s on Gods heart. This is not at all to say you were not doing so before. You may also find that you prayer time gradually increases. There is definitely a difference you get when spending more authentic time with God. It’s quite hard to explain, but just trust me on this. If you come close to God, He will come close to you James 4:8.
Prayer is also an expression of love, it shows God that we love Him, that He is in our thoughts, and that the time we spend with Him is so valuable. I’m sure we’ve all had those friends that only call us when they need a favour, and it just gets to the point where you feel like ignoring their calls, I’m sure a lot of us have experienced this. I just hope you’re catching my drift here. Sometimes without realising it we can end up only speaking to God when we are in need. We cannot claim we love someone if we only speak to them once in a blue moon. When you love and care about someone, you want to know how their day has been, what they’ve been up to. When you come back from school and your parent or loved one asks you how was school, it’s pretty much an act of love believe it or not. So when you wake up in the morning as an act of love, you could try out by saying a few words to your heavenly Father. As David said “My voice you shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct my prayer to You, and I will look up” (Psalm 5:3).
I could go on and on and on about the importance of prayer literally, but I tried my best to keep the message short and sharp (well in my opinion lol), but I would like to end by saying that we as women have a very important role when it comes to prayer. I say this because I have noticed that in my own church and churches which I have visited, women are the majority of the congregation. This is from my personal experience, and I know that it may not be the case in all churches. This means we as women have the obligation to uplift our children, men, societies, churches and ourselves in prayer constantly. In the next post I will be talking about ways in which we can develop a more effective prayer life.
God bless ladies!