The Value of Prayer
I was in a conversation the other day with a friend bemoaning the fact that another brother was not doing well and was unapproachable. No way to talk to him without stirring-up a hornets nest so we said, “well, I guess we can just pray for him.”
Just pray for him. How shallow and “last resort” that sounded. As if the first and best thing to do was anything but pray for him. I felt so convicted for such an attitude towards one of the most important and powerful parts of our Christian lives. Praying, which Jesus did often, was being considered as an “alternative” last ditch effort. I felt sick as I considered myself.
I have said this to a few people after Ruth and I reconciled and remarried, that I wish I had kept a journal of all the times I had felt a spiritual “pressing” on my heart. Both she and Bill W. have told me there had been many times when people, individually and corporately, had been praying for me as I wandered in my wilderness. I am positive that those very moments when I was feeling the most spiritual discomfort where the very times that Gods people were praying for me. And somehow, in the rush of everyday life, I had relegated prayer to an emergency measure rather than a regular first avenue of approach to a problem.
And the value—what about the eternal value of prayer—its eternal value in God’s economy.
Rev. 5:8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Our prayers are of such enormous value to God and so precious that He is keeping them stored-up in Heaven in golden bowls as a sweet incense offering to Jesus when He is handed the scroll! Nothing we can do or offer to God is as powerful or precious as our prayers.
Father, help me to be a man that will pray first and act second! Amen – Steve Schmidt is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full-time member of the staff of America’s Keswick
Quote of the day: The deeper we go down into the valley of decision the higher we must rise…into the mount of prayer, and we must hold up the hands of those whose chief concern is to prevail with God. P. T. Forsythe
Verse to Memorize: Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness. The entirety of Your word is truth, and everyone of Your judgments endures forever. Psalm 119:159-160