While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: 2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Prayer is a conversation between God and us. . . and if we converse God, and we are reminded in Joshua 21:45 “ not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” Unlike us, God keeps His promises.
Why should I pray?
Psalm 139:1-6 “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” God knows everything, even before we ask he already knows what we are praying for – Why then should we pray?
Prayer is for our benefit. It is an acknowledgement of our dependence on God. We go to God in prayer so that He will reveal to us the things we need to know.
Prayer is commanded. We pray in different positions, but God is not concerned with the position of our body. . . He is more concerned with the position of our hearts. In Exodus 17, we see the story of Israel’s battle with Amalek. Moses told Joshua that he will be stationed on the hill as they fought. When Moses hands were raised, Israel prevailed but when his hands were down Amalek prevailed. So Aaron and Hur supported his hands so that they were raised until sunset and the Israelites won the battle.
We too, need other peoples support when we pray. This is the reason why we pray for each other and with each other. It is very encouraging to us when we know that others are praying with us. Luke 18:1 says “Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.” In whatever situation we may be in and we are starting to struggle and lose hope – we must pray even harder so that we do not give up. God is not yet done and has not revealed all His plans to us. Always keep in mind that our God is big, bigger than any problem. He knows all things, sees all things.
Jesus also tells us though Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It is a reminder that in everything – whether we have answered prayers, whether our prayers are not answered, or whether we have problems. . . we must always rejoice. This commandment is given because God knows that we have difficulty to be constant in our prayers, in giving thanks and rejoicing. The only way that we can remain constant in our rejoicing, the only way we can pray unceasingly and the only way we can continually give thanks is when we have a deep vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we cannot even begin to imagine what it would feel like to rejoice in everything and to be thankful in all circumstances. When we have a personal relationship with Jesus even when we do not know what to pray for the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf. Or if the only thing you can say is “God I’m hurting” , God still listens.
Even Jesus himself prayed. In John 17:1-2 Jesus prayed for himself and He prayed for us. In verse 20 it says “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may be one; even as You Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” This should encourage us to pray. . . even until today Jesus is still praying for you, interceding for your prayers. Jesus is our advocate and continue to do so. . . but we have to communicate with Him, we have to pray. In Daniel 9:20 -23, we are given a glimpse as to God’s timing when He answers our prayers. Daniel was praying, he was confessing his sins and the sins of the people . . . and in verse 23 it says at the beginning of your supplications. The answer to Daniel’s prayer was sent at the beginning of his prayer. This should serve as an encouragement to us – before we even say our Amen, God has already sent his answer. The only way we will know the great and deep mysteries of God is if we pray.
When we pray, we should BOW.
B – Believe in Faith James 1:6-8
Much like Abraham, we must pray and believe in faith. And in his discourses with God, his faith grew. James also says “You do not have because you do not ask God.3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”So if you are praying for something, make sure that your motives are pure and godly.
O – Obey Immediately Exodus 14: 15-16
When we pray, we must obey God’s leading immediately. We cannot hesitate and procrastinate, we must rush to do God’s bidding with full confidence and believing in faith.
W – Will of God, not Ours 1 John 5:14-15
When we pray we should also be ready to surrender to God’s will and not insist on our will. Entrusting to Him knowing and believing that His has great plans for us. Let us not fall prey to the temptation to put God in a box and forcing our choices as part of His plans for us.
Our best position when we pray . . . we should BOW.