“Four Inseparable Aspects of Prayer”
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6)
This verse, alongside many others, establishes very clearly that we all must have a prayer life. Prayer is not an option; the Bible tells us in this verse, “…when you pray…” not, “If you pray.” We can present ourselves as great preachers, musicians, teachers, singers, etc; for the Kingdom of God. Yet, the reality is that many people don’t even know the difference between the anointing and just a great show. We can even evangelize for Jesus and perform many other ministerial duties…In all, Jesus will get the glory; thank God for that! However, the scary thing is that we can do all these wonderful religious things relatively well, without much of a prayer life. Many things can be faked in our Christian walk, but our personal relationship with God can’t be faked! When we find ourselves in that place where no one can see us, we are who we really are. There is no middle ground; either you have a relationship with Jesus or you don’t.
Beloved, developing a prayer life is not only the duty of the “Pastor” and the “leaders” in the church. It is said that the average pastor in America prays fifteen minutes a day if that much. If you are a “born again” believer you MUST develop a relationship with God. You will not be able to know God, know His will for your life, and experience a personal change in your life without developing a prayer life. Without prayer, we will not be able to know what His righteousness is all about. The tragedy of not praying is that we will go through life without knowing Him; we will be slaves at the mercy of what others tell us.
Before you tell yourself: “This is just another reading about prayer;” I challenge you to read this whole series, I am convinced that it will be a blessing for you and it will transform the way you view prayer and your prayer life, all together. Let me ask you something: How long should we pray daily? Is the answer fifteen minutes, a half an hour, an hour?
To be continued…