The Importance Of Prayer
One of the blessings of prayer is that it redirects our focus from the world, to the one who created the world. Rather, as I like to say, it shifts our attention from “I” to the great “I AM”. Therefore, prayer’s role in study is both preparatory and transitional. It is preparatory in that it prepares our hearts, and readies our soul to respond to the door when Jesus knocks. It is transitional in that it is the medium that brings us from the natural into the supernatural. Without prayer, we find, far too often, that we lean on our own understandings, and not His. Unfortunately, human wisdom that is not illuminated by the Holy Spirit only aims to remove God. Still, many people insist on approaching His word armed with nothing more than their own limited intellect. I have heard it said by such people that prayer is nothing more than a Christian’s self-help medicine, a verbal homeopathic remedy of sorts. These same people try to find scientific evidence to disprove every sign, and a psychological basis for every miracle. The sad truth is that some of these people are in our very own church. We fellowship and break bread with them every Sunday. Worst of all, their ideology becomes ever increasingly popular, day after day. It is distressing to see that many people in the church today do not believe in a God that answers prayers. They believe in an impersonal god, the watchmaker god, who built a clock, wound the spring, then let time run its own course. John Newton believed in a personal God, a caring God that answers prayers. You can see this in the marvelous hymn that he taught his church: “Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring; for His grace and power are such, none can ever ask too much.” This is our God, an awesome God, and a God that answers prayer. Do you seek knowledge and wisdom? Do you desire to understand the truths of His word? Do you want insight from the personal God? Then ask Him, before anything else, with a humbled and contrite heart, cast your desires upon Him and He will provide all that you seek.