Prayer: Distant Hope vs. Very Present Reality

Randal Brewer, Stonepoint Member

Every Christian is aware of the privilege God has given us to call on Him in prayer. Even people who do not call themselves Christians are aware of prayer and will try it out in a dire circumstance. Christians are guilty of the doing the same thing, exercising our 911 prayer muscles, calling on God in emergencies and then suffering a crisis of belief when we don’t receive what we asked for. Perhaps even worse are those of us that never really expect to get the answers we hope for.

God has provided such an honor and privilege to us, and He has made promises that He cannot break. He has set the power of his kingdom in our hearts and minds, yet we are failing so miserably to use it. We still believe what the Bible tells us about prayer. Our hopeful hearts love to hear stories of how other, more “Godly” persons have seen the miraculous come about after prayer. We want to see the miraculous in our own humdrum lives, yet we go through the motions on Sunday morning, our minds wandering and our hearts doubting anything will be different after the Amen is said. Some of us may even pray every day, but it is little more than a short walk in a well-worn path if memorized recitation. There is no hearing and there is no joy.

God is clear on His command that we pray and that our prayers are a time of communion with Him. There is no way to sugar coat this: our prayerlessness is a sin. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Wait. What was that? Wasn’t that Jesus talking? The flesh is weak. The disciples could not pray because their flesh was weak. So is mine. Admit it with me. When we hear that story in the Garden of Gethsemane, we are really on the disciple’s side on that, aren’t we? It was late and who wouldn’t fall asleep trying to pray for so long? Sure, Jesus could pray for an hour, because, well, he’s JESUS. I’m not. I’d be falling asleep right next to the disciples and Jesus’ request was a little unreasonable.

Now that we feel a little better after defending ourselves, let’s reexamine. If you are a Christian, you are supposed to have Christ inside you. The disciples did not have the advantage of having JESUS inside of them. Feeling a little sheepish now? The life of Christ is in us, He is just on life support because we are not feeding him. It is a sin of weak flesh.

The power of prayer is not for other “more Godly” people. It is for every person with the life of Christ inside of them. Our lives, our joy, our contentment, our blessing, our families, our churches, our communities and our nation depend on our prayers. Let us get off of life support and out of the spiritual sick bay and learn to pray with power and joy, exalting and enjoying the living God who has come to reside in our very hearts.

Please stay tuned to future blog posts as we together set out to change the distant hope of a joyful and powerful prayer life into our everyday, walking, talking reality.

For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it? Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should, say, “Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?” But the WORD is very near you, it is in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.  Deuteronomy 30:11-14

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