The Importance Of Prayer

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Listen while you read: "The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended"1 (Lyrics)

A favourite hymn of mine is The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended, and the fourth verse never fails to move me:

    The sun that bids us rest is waking
    Our brethren 'neath the western sky,
    And hour by hour fresh lips are making
    Thy wondrous doings heard on high.
           – John Ellerton, 1826-1893

To think that mankind never stops praising God! As the sun rolls on, new morning prayers are always being lifted up to the Lord globally!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (NIV 2011)

Why did God create us? For reasons best known to Himself, He wanted us, and we were always part of His grand plan of salvation for mankind.

Jeremiah 31:3 – The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." (NIV 2011)

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 – All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (NIV 2011)

How much praise do we owe our Lord and Creator? King David, whom the Lord describes as "a man after His own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14 NKJV), was constantly in touch with God. That's not to say that he didn't sin, but he did acknowledge his sins before God and asked for forgiveness. David danced before the Lord, played music for Him, and was frequently in direct communication with God through prayer. I submit that the reason that David was such a special person to God was because he opened his heart to God and was transparent before Him.

The principle would be the same for us. If we genuinely confess our sins and go before the Lord in humility to worship Him, we, too, will have a living relationship with God. This poor, broken world needs all the prayers that we can raise and all the souls that can be transformed through our prayers and loving example, with God's help.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have loved us eternally. Teach us that our prayers and praises are important to You. Not only do we owe You our devotion, but through it, we can be more fully in relationship with You, and Your grace and Your Holy Spirit alive in us can transform the world around us. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Karen for sharing your words of encouragement.

    Thank you, Karen, for sharing this devotional with us. Yes, let’s open our hearts to the Lord! Blessings.

    Karen – thanks for your devotional. It is certainly true that this world needs all our prayers. May God continue to bless your writing.

    Good Morning Karen:
    A beautiful message challenging us to pray not only for our own daily walk with the Lord, but to remember to pray for our poor and broken world. A world that is indeed Satan’s playground.
    Thank you for your wise message.

    Loved your devotional. Especially the example David set when he opened his heart to God. It warms the “heart” just to read that sentence over and over again.
    Thank you.
    God bless you.

    A very precious devotional, Karen.
    The responsibility and the privilege of prayer.
    We can pray for the smallest details of life and the great nation-awaking ones. Let us take full responsibility in our duty and privilege, for the sake of the great name of Jesus Christ on earth.
    Keep writing.

    Thank you Karen. I join you in the sense of wonder and thanksgiving your devotional encourages us to practise continually.
    One of my greatest Christian experiences was one of joy when I came to know the reality of the presence of my Lord. It was like a sudden expansion of my spirit which words cannot express except to make me aware of the privilege that was mine in fellowshipping with Him, my Lord and Saviour.
    Thank you again for focusing on that wonder.

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