Rev. Randy Crawford|
Why is it important to pray?
Jesus says in John 15:7, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you."
One of the most effective tricks of Satan is to make us think that "just a little talk with Jesus makes it right."
It simply is not true. There must be some big talks with Jesus, long talks and regular talks, too. And he must talk with us if we are to become mature and strong Christians. There are at least four reasons Christians should pray: Because prayer defeats Satan. There is a powerful, cunning, deceptive, determined and vicious devil. He is after you and me personally. The first step in dealing with the devil is prayer and lots of it. Because prayer puts us at God's disposal. It makes us as clay in the hands of the potter. It enables us to say, "Thy will be done." It brings us to the place of full surrender. Then with Isaiah we can say sincerely, "Here am I; send me." Because prayer puts God at our disposal. This is not blasphemy. It is a blessed truth. Of course, God is not an errand boy to jump every time we make a request in prayer. But he has yielded to us the keys to the kingdom. The power he has is available to those he can trust with it. Notice what Jesus said: "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye shall receive them, and ye shall have them." And he states, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." And James declared, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
When we stay on our knees before God long enough and often enough, we will lay hold of the power of God. Because of what prayer accomplishes. Much gets done when much time is spent in prayer. There is growth in grace. There are blessings like showers upon the parched land. There is Christlikeness. And there are revivals.
Lets spend enough time on our knees so that we may walk tall and strong for him and through him.
Prayer: Lord, give me "staying power" so that I will purpose to remain truly consistent in my prayer life.
The Rev. Randy Crawford, pastor of Decatur First Church of the Nazarene, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 340-2468.