At a time like this, when the world is mourning and grieving over what appears to be the senseless loss of lives, the compassion of Jesus is literally poured out. This comes, in large part, I believe, as a result of the prayers of God’s servants — Christians world-wide — who are devoting themselves to this humble, essential, and highly rewarding hallmark of Christianity.
When it comes to things that really matter, prayer is the power that moves mountains. Prayer is touching God’s throne room. Prayer is reaching heaven.
You may not be aware of just ‘how much’ you are able to reach heaven when you pray.
This past Sunday, I attended a 1 hour prayer meeting after church service, in which I could have sworn that either heaven ‘came down’ to all of those who were sitting together in that circle — either that, or we went up there. It was that powerful. I was weeping by the end of it!
I remember thinking to myself, at that time, “All of my problems absolutely disappear in the face of meeting with God in prayer.”
This is not just a suggestion. It is a reality. When we pray, and although we don’t see him with our physical eyes, yet we meet with God.
That is why it is so sad and grievous when God’s people don’t pray. As the Keith Green song goes, we’re often so “busy at play”.
Prayer is richly rewarding. In fact, the word “richly” is not nearly rich enough. I don’t even think there is a word in any language (certainly not in English) to really describe what I have felt in prayer. You have to experience it yourself, first hand, to know what I mean. Any description using words, simply put, falls far short of the reality thereof. If you have not experienced the life-changing power that comes as a result of prayer, you will be amazed. You truly have to get yourself into a prayer group and begin prayer with them on a regular basis if you haven’t experienced what I am talking about. You will be amazed. Make sure they are genuine Bible-believing Christians who love the Lord. That is the key.
The power does not come ‘simply’ from praying. The power comes from God, who imparts his Holy Spirit to those with whom he is well pleased. And while God loves all men and women with a tremendous love, it is clear from the Scriptures that he does not simply impart the manifestation of the Holy Spirit to just anyone, but only to those who take him seriously, as we read in Matthew 7:6: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” That command is not only given to God’s children. It is modelled by God himself who patterns that command by not giving what is holy to those who will ‘trample it’ under their feet. First and foremost, that includes the Holy Spirit — God’s most treasured possession, in a manner of speaking. Thus it is, you’ve got to find a good group of people to pray with. “Good” does not mean loud or boisterous. It does mean holy and consecrated and desiring to do God’s will. That is the key.
God wants to bless you today. Get into prayer. Move mountains. Go for the gusto. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Let God’s power fill you. Seek him and you will find him. Knock, and that door will be opened. There are plenty of groups to get involved with, and if you can’t find someone right where you are, start one. It’s really that easy.
Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) That is the start of it. The end of it is just about as far as you want to go.
This is not rocket science. This is prayer. And it is far more powerful than any rockets, because rockets just use energy, but the One to whom you are praying is the Creator of all things, and that is far more powerful than any rocket!
Yes, indeed, this is not rocket science. Rocket science is incredibly dull compared to prayer.
Prayer is, in a word, just awesome.
If you have a hard time with this, it’s because you simply haven’t done it. Or if you’ve done it, it was routine. It wasn’t the real thing. We’re not talking about ‘just religion’ here. We’re talking about a vital, dynamic, relationship, with the living God. There is a big difference between ‘mere religion’ and a true relationship with God! One is dead. The other is alive.
If you haven’t experienced it, you’re missing out ‘big time’ on what matters the most.
When I get to heaven, I’ll stand before my Creator, but there will be no surprises, because I have already met him, through the power, and the authority, and the blessing, of prayer that reaches heaven. “I’ve been here before” — that’s what I’ll say. I hope you’ll also be able to say the same thing, “I’ve been here before. This is a familiar place.”
Heaven ought to be familiar before you get there. You can become familiar with heaven through the miracle of prayer.
Get to it! There has never been a more important time than right now!