Prayer: Are You neglecting your most powerful weapon?

Prayer: Are You neglecting your most powerful weapon?

When I first felt the nudge to get up before daybreak to spend some quiet time to pray and read from my bible I determined to make it happen. But 5:30 a.m. came. And 5:30 a.m. went and I was still cozy in bed, covers pulled up to chin thinking, tomorrow I will. But tomorrow I didn’t. And then I got sick—really sick and everything I said I believed was tried. I’d missed that first opportunity for exclusive prayer time and to hear the heart of God. But God is so merciful and loving. Again He nudged —well more like a soft push. And this time I was up and ready.  That time, in a matter of months changed my life on every level. But more about that in a later post.

 

Prayer is our most powerful weapon

I hear people say often “Well I guess all we can do now is pray”. Prayer is mentioned as though it were on the bottom of the list of choices, one final effort when everything else has failed. But prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have as Christians (Jas. 5:16). When used regularly and strategically and in faith it will cause you to have victory in every area of your life.

Prayer allows us communication with another Kingdom

The heavenly kingdom or the kingdom of God represents our home base. It is our place of safety, our unbending, strong foundation (Prov. 18:10).  It is where we turn to for direction and instruction and solid wisdom far beyond our own understanding. When looking at things in the natural realm our sight is limited, we can’t see what is working or taking place in the spiritual world. We only know what we see. We are missing what is taking place in the Kingdom that makes all the difference.

When communication breaks down between us and our home base we can be left groping around and defenseless against a very real devil. As we grow tired on the battlefield of this life that connection with our home base gives us rest and peace.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Is. 26:3)

It is a place higher (the heavenly) than this place (earth). When we connect with our heavenly Father suddenly what is going on around us pales and becomes insignificant in the sight of a God bigger than it all. Our connection shifts us back into perspective and reminds us of the power we have access to as well as the insight. One encouraging word from Him in a world and time of mayhem can put us at ease. Sometimes the voices in our head can become so loud and desperate with discouraging thoughts and fears and doubts we forget that there is a God bigger than it all. He wants you to win! He is on our side when it feels as if no one else is. He remains unchangeable when everything around us seems turned upside down.

 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalms 61:2 KJV)

 

Next Week: Prayer–are you waiting on God or is God waiting on you?