“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not to faint”. – Luke 18:1
Communication is probably one of the most important activities in life. There are different kinds of communication. We shall however, discuss the communication between man and God, which is established through prayer. In Luke 18:1, the Lord Jesus taught on the importance of prayer. Man is a spirit and his needs are essentially spiritual. This is why he always craves for that spiritual contact with God, who is described in Hebrews 12:9 as “the Father of spirits”.
What a blessing to know that you can communicate directly with your heavenly Father; that you can have His hundred percent attention through prayer: “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1Peter 3:12). This is one reason you ought to always be excited to pray. Some people only pray when they need something. That’s wrong! The time of prayer isn’t just a time to ask God for things; it’s a time to commune or fellowship with Him. That’s the time to hear what He has to say and receive direction for each day’s activities and challenges.
The Bible says concerning Jesus that, “…in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed”(Mark 1:35). Jesus took prayer seriously while He was on the earth, because He understood the importance of communing with the Father. On another occasion, it was recorded that He prayed all night (Luke 6:12). Though He was (and is) the Son of God, He didn’t take prayer for granted. He understood prayer as an effective communication with the Father.
The moment you understand and embrace this truth, your life will become richer and you’ll be more productive in all your endeavors. You need that continual fellowship with God to function effectively, otherwise, everything you do will be meaningless, and will have no spiritual impact. Do you see why you should take your prayer life more seriously? Learn to rise up early to commune with the Lord, and do this as often as you should.
Dear father, I thank you for the privilege of prayer. I’m blessed and humbled to know that your loving and watchful eyes are over me, and your ears are open to hear and answer my prayers. Therefore, I thank you, for my day is blessed, and I receive from you the wisdom and grace to deal excellently in all my affairs today, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Further Study: 1Timothy 2:8; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2