WHAT PRAYER DOES FOR YOU
Thursday, January 11th
(It’s A Fellowship And Communion With The Spirit)
TO THE BIBLE: James 5:16
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Some Christians often castigate themselves for not being able to pray for long hours. What’s the significance of long prayer times? God never insisted we spend long hours in prayers for Him to hear and answer our prayers. He never told us how long our prayers should be and doesn’t demand from us many hours of prayers as the definition of “time” by some is. However, if you spend long hours, that’s great. Remember, He lives in eternity; therefore, He’s not regulated by minutes and hours, as we are in the earth. Thus, in a sense, the significance or essence of prayer is not in its protraction in terms of the number of hours spent praying. It’s not “how long” you pray that really makes an impact; it’s “how right” you pray.
Others spend long hours in prayer, saying the wrong things, hence they live unfulfilled lives, being void of the spiritual results and impact of prayer. They have missed the true essence of prayer, which is fellowship and communion with the Lord. That communion not only builds your relationship with Him, but also helps transform your personality from glory to glory.
So, what God wants is for you to spend quality time alone with Him, away from everything else. For example, you’d be amazed how much impact a fifteen or thirty minute time alone with the Lord, spent praying intensely in the Spirit, will produce in your life. Of course, it’s desirable and advisable to spend longer periods with the Lord in fellowship. All that’s required is discipline and learning to stay at the place of prayer. The significance of prayer is therefore not in its length, especially in the eyes of others; it’s the beauty of fellowshipping with the Most High, away from everything else. That fellowship enriches and strengthens your spirit, while improving your life in a tremendous way.
Dear Father, I love you and appreciate every opportunity I have to fellowship with you in prayer. I thank you because those moments I spend alone with you are significant in improving my life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Matthew 8:28-9:1-17, Genesis 27-28
Matthew 5:21-30, Genesis 11
Study the book, “How to Pray Effectively,” and learn the different kinds of prayer elaborated on within its contents.