Men always ought to pray

“…men always ought to pray and not lose heart…” – Luke 18:1

In His greatest hour of need, Jesus said to His disciples, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41.

This was the point before Jesus was to be betrayed and arrested in the garden of Gethsemane. He needed some support but His disciples were falling asleep. Jesus made an important statement – that our spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. In other words the inner man within us really wants to do the right thing but our flesh (in this case the body and mind) is not letting us. Jesus was highlighting the fact that prayer was necessary for his disciples to keep their spirits in control over their bodies.

That leads us to an important question. What is prayer? I like one of Myles Monroe’s definitions, “Prayer is man exercising his legal authority on earth to invoke heaven’s influence on the planet.” This definition may seem a little strange to some but actually when God created the world and said ‘…let them have dominion…’ Gen 1:26. He actually gave you and me the right and authority to rule over the earth. That includes everything from the sea and land to the animals. God was in effect saying ‘you take care of the earth and I’ll interfere when you call on me!’ Even throughout the Bible we see a pattern that whenever mankind cried out to God from his heart, God intervened from heaven.

Prayer is important because it is the means by which we remain in constant connection with the Father. The part of us that is spirit is literally a piece of God so cannot properly function without a connection to its original source. As a light bulb has no glow without electricity, so our lives lack power without a connection to God’s Spirit. And prayer isn’t just about power, it’s the channel that keeps us in the love of God (see Jude 20-21), it keeps us in the will of God (see Col 4:12) and blesses and protects those around us.

E.M. Bounds said of prayer, “He who learns well the trade of praying masters the secret of the Christian art; and he becomes a skilled workman in God’s workshop, one who does not need to be ashamed, a worker together with his Lord and Master.” Prayer is a must. God’s full plan and provision for our lives only begins to unfold in the pathways of prayer.

God bless and protect

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." - Martin Luther King Jr


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