The Necessity of Prayer
Sir Thomas Buxton
“Prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister [or in fact any Christian]. Pray, then, my dear brother: pray, pray, pray.”
Prayer is the way in which we receive blessings from God (James 4:2). Prayer is also the way in which we commune with God as our Father who loves us. Matthew 21:22 tells us that: “Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” From seeing just these few verses, it is impossible to ignore the implication of how important prayer actually is. If prayer is this important then it easy to see that our sinful human natures are not willing to be often in prayer. If what the Bible says is true, then it seems logical that the devil would exert most of his effort in stopping saints praying.
The habit of starting the day with prayer is a very commendable one and very worth following. Christ was a man who rose early before it was light to pray (Mark 1:35). E.M. Bounds makes this point forcefully: “The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day… A desire for God which cannot break the chains of sleep is a weak thing and will do but little good for God after it has indulged itself fully.”
How can we expect to grow spiritually if we are rarely coming before God in prayer? Or do we expect to grow? What is your habit of prayer? Do you follow the example of Christ? It is men and women of prayer that God uses, therefore “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Thomas van den Broek
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