God encourages us to pray… at all times. And there’s a good reason.
The #1 reason for prayer…is relationship. Prayer builds up faith. Prayer draws people together. Prayer can move mountains. But above and beyond all the great outcomes and supernatural implications of …and the answers to prayer, prayer is ultimately about getting to know the Living God.
God loves it when we make a point of staying in touch with Him. Prayer launches a two-way conversation that will carry us all the way to meeting with God in eternity. Prayer also invites God’s power into our lives.
One of the greatest things about prayer is the simplicity of prayer. Prayer requires no special training. Prayer is as basic as talking to and getting real with God. God loves it when we seek Him with all of our hearts, and prayer is a great way to find Him. God’s waiting to hear from us. He’s like a Dad whose kids no sooner leave home and He’s calling before they’re halfway down the driveway. God forever encourages us to reach out: “Come on over. Let’s discuss and reason things out…” (paraphrase – Isaiah 1:18)
So why pray? What’s the reason? Ephesians 3:14-21 is a humble ‘power’ prayer that explains why. It’s a prayer poured out of the heart of a man named Paul, a man whose life dramatically changed from a pathway of destruction after an encounter with God. Paul deeply understood the reason for prayer…
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3: 14-21)
As you follow God and get to know Him more, I pray that your prayers will lead you to experience His strength and power and love above all you can possibly ask or imagine.
© 2012 S. Michaels
From Notebook: Following God