To be honest, I was pretty overwhelmed this past Friday. I wasn’t feeling well. I had a lot to do. I’m sure you can relate to those feelings at times.
As my son Patrick was heading out the door, I asked him if he would pray for me and told him how I was feeling.
“We can pray right now,” he offered, turning back toward me. He grabbed my hand and prayed the sweetest prayer for his worn-out mama.
Then, I was overwhelmed for an entirely different reason.
Over the years, as we have dealt with the many different aspects of Patrick’s autism, I was the one reminding and encouraging him to pray. I would grab his hand, and we would go to the Lord together, asking for help, thanking the Lord for His great love and faithfulness, trusting Him in the midst of whatever we were facing at the time.
On Friday, Patrick took the leadership role in praying. I thanked the Lord repeatedly for allowing me to see that Patrick knows the value of prayer, and that he is now encouraging others to pray.
My heart felt so light after we prayed together.
Prayer is a Life Style, not an Event.
The Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NASB). That means, whatever is happening, we are to talk with the Lord about it and listen for His voice. When we are dealing with fear, worry, anxiety, sorrow, depression, anger, joy, excitement, celebration . . . all those feelings can serve to remind us to seek the Lord, and to stay connected to Him. The awareness of His presence with us enables us to persevere. We pray not because we’ve got to (as an obligation) but because we get to (as a delight in spending time with the Lord.)
Prayer Conveys Trust.
In Luke 18:1, NASB, it says, “Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.” That’s our choice . . . pray (seek God) or lose heart (give up). If we don’t seek Him, we can easily give in to discouragement. The parable Jesus told dealt with a poor widow who kept going before the judge pleading her case, and the judge responded because of her persistence. The widow trusted that the judge could do something about her situation, that he ruled over it.
“Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly,” Jesus said (Luke 18:7-8, NASB). But then, He asks the all-important question: “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 17:8, NASB). What seems to concern Jesus the most is that we acknowledge Him (as Lord) and choose to trust Him in the midst of our circumstances. Prayer allows us the opportunity to express both of those things.
Faith is like our physical muscles. It must be “exercised” in order to grow stronger. Our circumstances grant us the opportunity to flex our muscles of faith in prayer.
Prayer Helps Us Refocus.
Hebrews 12:1-2, NASB, says, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”
How can we keep going? By refocusing on the overarching reality: Jesus IS our life. He is strong, powerful, loving, merciful, faithful, gracious, wise, and compassionate toward us. He never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5). He can do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). That’s because He is ours, and we are His. Prayer allows us to speak those things to Him and ourselves.
I am so grateful the Lord allowed me to see that my son has learned the beauty of praying through it, no matter what it may be.
“Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NASB).
Question: What have you experienced through your personal prayer life? Comment at the link below.