What portion of your life involves prayer? If you ranked activities of significance where would prayer be found? How would you describe and define your prayer life? These questions are pointed and intrude into personal matters, but it’s not a test and there is no condemnation. Paul observed, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Corinthians 10:12) We have different gifts and strengths and callings, yet many of our spiritual exercises are universal, like prayer.
Even if you are an intercessor you might understate the significance and power of prayer. The enemy suggests that prayer is silly and futile. Beginning with our nations founding and until about fifty years ago teachers led prayers in school- it was that important. Around that time secular humanists argued that judeo-christian principles such as the Ten Commandments could not be exhibited by Government or in Government institutions. These do not promote a specific religion, but are fundamentally Theistic. The Atheists prevailed in the courts and their religious perspectives were adopted as secularism and promoted by the Government. At that time the vast majority of Americans were church goers, but they’re faith was weak and shallow. A socialized divided church was not adequate to fight such an important spiritual battle which illustrates the significance and need for prayer.
Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) frequently made time for prayer and taught his disciples to pray. God is the power behind prayer. Scripture says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:16-18) Yeshua demonstrated the power of prayer. “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:22-25)
The problems you face, your concerns for family and friends, and all the evils in this fallen world are best submitted to God in prayer. A great last days revival is pending prayer by the Congregation of Believers. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.” (Acts 3:19-21) We put no confidence in our physical efforts, but we can not overstate God’s power released through the prayers of one Believer with faith.