I know we hear a lot about the power of prayer, but it still takes me aback sometimes when I see it in action.
The other day I had a worry pop up in my mind. It wasn’t an earth-shattering problem, but it was still significant to me. Instead of worrying it to death and trying to problem solve it on my own, I took it to Jesus in prayer. Almost as soon as the name, “Jesus,” was formed in my brain, an answer to my problem came to mind. It was such a wonderful reminder of how intimately involved Jesus is in our lives and how He longs to be in relationship with us.
Not that I am saying that all He wants to do is tag along with my agenda for my day and help me, but He wants to be our true focus and source of strength and power. It seems like every devotional, scripture, or Christian book I am reading lately has had one theme: Jesus first, everything else second. This is comforting and difficult all at the same time.
This year has been enough to either cause people to take their eyes completely off Jesus because they view the circumstances as so difficult that there is no way a loving Savior could have allowed them, or the circumstances of this year have brought people to a place of realizing once again, the power of prayer. If we truly believe that God hears our prayers, we can feel comforted even in the midst of hardships.
Prayer is powerful. When we pray, we are literally speaking to the God of the universe Who holds all things together, (even frazzled mothers!) He knows the outcome of everything. He knows our hurts, sorrows and also our joys.
The question may then arise, why pray? If God already knows it all, why do I need to tell Him? It goes back to my first point: relationship. He wants to hear from us. He wants to talk to us. The reason we were created was to have fellowship with our Creator. Prayer also keeps us humble. When I realize that I can’t do it on my own and I bring my troubles to my loving Father, I am admitting my need and receiving His grace. Another really good reason to pray is because Jesus prayed. He modeled prayer in the Bible, in fact, He even prayed for us!
I know this has been an extremely rough, trying year. However, I hope that this reminder that Jesus is always a prayer away has been encouraging. I hope that as you and I learn to pray more, that we will find strength and comfort in the power of prayer.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7