1 Thess. 5:17 “Never stop praying.”
John 14:12-14 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” Please underline, circle, highlight the word ‘anything‘. How many things did Jesus say we can ask for? Anything! Is Jesus a liar? Not at all! The reason we believe God, we fast, and we pray is because Jesus says we can ask for anything. You are probably wondering if Jesus really said we can ask for anything. As though Jesus knew that we would ponder on this, in the very next verse He says, “Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” Again, I urge you to underline, highlight and circle the Word anything because that is what Jesus said.
Jesus also assures us that we will not only do the same things He did, but greater works shall we do. So, if we will immerse ourselves into prayer like Jesus, we will do greater things than Jesus did. And this will bring joy to the heart of Jesus. He will say in excitement, “That’s my boy, that’s my girl.” When we immerse ourselves in prayer and we do greater works than Jesus did, we will bring joy to Jesus and glory to The Father. But the choice is ours – are you going to lie on your bed and pray or are you going to get up and pray? Are you going to stay in the house (your comfort zone), or are you going to go out? When you are out, are you going to find an isolated place and focus, or are you going to get distracted? When you find an isolated place, are you going to pray or are you going to sleep, worry, or get lost in thoughts? What is it going to be? The life of Jesus, the prayers He prayed and how He went about prayer is a huge lesson for us.
God loves to be prioritized; He enjoys it. But think about it, so do we – male and female alike. Make spending time with God in prayer priority and teach it to your children. We have to be deliberate about praying and teaching our children how to pray. Start by getting them to memorize scripture, get God’s Word on their inside. My grandmother was very deliberate in impacting us through the Word and prayer. As parents, we have to be deliberate about impacting our children so that we do not lose them. Train them in God’s way so that someone else would not train them in the world’s way. You need to know that it is never too late. You can start now.
Prayer: Father, today I commit to seeking Your face in prayer, in Jesus Name. Amen!