In the Garden of Eden, the serpent (Satan) tempted Eve to distrust God. This act of disobedience committed by Adam and Eve broke the intimate relationship they had with God. Instead of the constant manifest Presence of God, that closeness was now shattered by an act of sin that brought all creation under the curse and wrath of God.
However, this was no surprise to our Father. Before the foundation of the world, He knew what would happen and He made a way for that relationship to be restored. That Way is Jesus Christ. Through His atoning work on the cross, all who will believe in Him will be saved and have that right relationship restored with our Father.
A tremendous privilege that is afforded to us as His children is the gift of Prayer. Yet, this gift is often times neglected by His children. We subscribe to the busyness of our lives and fail to speak constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17) to the One who died for us. Through this neglect we become weaker in our ability to withstand the wiles of the Enemy and our fellowship with God diminishes.
In Luke 11: 1 we are told (of one of many instances) where Jesus had withdrawn and was praying. The Scripture records for us that it was Jesus’ custom to pray and pray often. Jesus did nothing on His own. He did only what the Father told Him to do. Shouldn’t we do the same?
Prayer does not have to be filled with religious terminology or grand and swelling words (Matthew 6:7). Prayer is, simply put, a conversation with God. We are to worship Him, thank Him, and seek His will in our lives through prayer. There is nothing too insignificant in our lives that God does not want to hear from His children about. Conversely, there is nothing too great for God to take care of (1 Peter 5:7). We are commanded by God to pray in the Spirit to Him. When we don’t know how or what to pray, the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf (Romans 8:26).
We are to pray with an expectancy that our Father hears our prayers and then we must listen for the answer. We are not to rush through our prayers, but with reverence and awe, to await for our Father’s response. He will answer us. But, we must be still in His Presence and listen with our entire being.
We must also be faithful in our prayers. It is the flesh (and the Enemy) that will assail us with reasons and distractions to cause us to be undisciplined in our prayer life. However, we must discipline ourselves unto godliness. Through prayer and the daily intake of Scripture, we grow closer to our God. How beautiful it will be when all of the Saints of God humble themselves, repent, and pray to our God. Then we will see Revival in our Churches and homes. We will also see genuine Revival in our land.
Make this covenant with me, Brothers and Sisters. Let us agree to pray without ceasing, pray for all men, and pray extraordinary prayers for the Manifest Presence of God to be made known in His Church and in this world. If we do this together, in one accord, then we will never be disappointed.