Prayer Article No. 1
Can Prayer do Anything God can do?
This phrase was made popular by someone years ago. Maybe a book was written about it. I do not know. It sounds good and gives one hope but in all actuality ask yourself an honest question, “ does it really make sense”? Leham Strauss says in his book “Sense and Nonsense about Prayer”, that apart from our Lord Jesus Christ, there has never been a praying man, nor is there a praying man alive today, who through prayer, can do anything that God can do
Jesus prayed on purpose
One may wonder why the God-man needed to pray to God the Father, but He did. In Matthew 14:23 the Bible says: And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. He purposely went somewhere specific for a specific task. It was to pray! We read similar events in Mark 6:46, Luke 6:12 in and Luke 9:28.
There is a place for public praying but if you desire to “abide” with Christ you must get alone with God in a quiet place for the purpose of praying.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Don’t kid yourself prayer is “work”, the four letter word none of us like. American Christianity is anemic when compared to Biblical Christianity and one could conclude it may be primarily due to this lack of prayer.
Effective prayer “stretches” one’s own heart up to the portals of Heaven as the fragrance of prayer enters into God’s presence. This takes time; it does not happen overnight. One must discipline their self to the habit of prayer. It is like exercise. The Bible also says, For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. Prayer is a Godly work. Spend some time with your Maker and Savior. You don’t necessarily have to time it, but if you begin with 15 minutes a day you will be better for it. If you ever get to the place where you a praying for 1 hour a day (and few do) you are probably in a very spiritual place and walking with God.
I would suggest staring with 1 John 1:9 if you are a born again Christian and know it, and prepare your heart as you approach the throne of Grace. Then humble your heart, surrender it and stretch it towards Heaven and begin communing with the God of the Universe.