And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1).
James 5:16 (AMP) says, "Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]". Aren't you glad there's enough power in you to turn any situation around in your favour? You can change anything through prayer, because the divine power necessary to cause that change is already in you if you have the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
Jesus referred to this kind of praying in Matthew 6:6. It's done with intense passion. What a blessing to know that you can communicate directly with your heavenly Father, in a heartfelt and passionate manner, and have his undivided attention: "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil" (1 Peter 3:12). This is one reason you ought to always be excited to pray.
Some people only pray when they need something from God. The time of prayer isn't just a time to ask God for things; it's a time to commune or fellowship with Him. That's the time to hear what He has to say and receive direction for each day's activities and challenges. It's a time to upgrade and improve yourself and be updated with the latest news from "headquarters."
Mark 1:35 shows us that the Lord Jesus had a prayer culture: "...in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." He took prayer seriously while He was on earth, because He understood the importance of communing with the Father. On another occasion, it was recorded that He prayed all night long (Luke 6:12). When you're a man or woman of prayer you'll be more productive in all your endeavours. You need that continual fellowship with the Lord to function effectively, so be excited to pray. Have scheduled times when you commune with the Lord, and do this often.
Dear Father, I thank you for the privilege of prayer. I declare that my day is blessed, and I receive from you the wisdom and grace to deal excellently in all my affairs today. Thank you for giving me the ability to effect positive changes in and around me through earnest, heartfelt, fervent and continued prayers, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities October 1, 2011
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome