The Apostle Paul - “Don’t worry about anything; pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” (Philippians 4:6)
Prayer is key to successful Christian living. We know this because the Christian life is a life of dependence. As Christians, we don’t live a pick yourself up by your own bootstraps and do it yourself lifestyle. The Christian life is about living in constant fellowship with and dependence upon the Lord. Only through Him will we find the strength and help we need to live victorious lives. That is why prayer is so important.
There are lots of books and resources to help people learn more about prayer. Even this devotion is attempting to teach individuals about prayer. As good as these resources are, they do not replace the practice of prayer itself. S.D. Gordon once said, “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing; but it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer, nor those who say they believe in prayer, nor yet those who can explain about prayer, but I mean those people who take time to pray.”
The importance of prayer can best be seen in the life of Jesus. Even though He was the Son of God, the second in the Trinity, and the most powerful being that ever has been or ever will be, He was constantly in prayer with His heavenly Father. In the Bible, we see Him praying in the morning, praying before meals, praying before big decisions, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, and in a host of other times and places. Sometimes He prayed all night long. His entire life was characterized by prayer. Jesus’ disciples had heard and seen Jesus preach sermons, perform miracles, and exercise authority over demons. However, they didn’t ask Him to teach them how to do those things. Instead, they were so impressed with His prayer life that they asked Him to teach them how to pray.
In response to the disciples request, Jesus shared the Model Prayer (what many call the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father) with them (and with us). Jesus also taught His disciples that they “should always pray and never give up.” (Luke 18:1) because He knew that prayer is the way to obtain the power we need to live victorious lives.
Followup Activity - Open your Bible to Matthew 6:9-13 and read the Model Prayer aloud to yourself, trying to internalize the meaning of each sentence. Then, read it aloud once again, but this time as a prayer to the Lord. If you are leading your family through this devotion time, do the same activity, but have the entire family read and pray the scripture aloud in unison.
Prayer for Today - Lord, more than anything else in my life, help me to become a person of prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.