KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:1 KJV “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
The Lord taught that, men ought always to pray and not to faint. He exemplified it in His life time. The Lord showed the great importance of prayer in His life so much that, His disciples, did not ask Him to teach them how to preach or work miracles, rather they asked Him to teach them to pray. Luke 11:1 KJV” And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” In certain instances, the Lord did not go to sleep after a hectic day’s work, but went into prayer, and prayed throughout the night. (Luke 6:12)
Nobody can be very effective in God’s hands, if he does not spend time in prayer. I wish to address a growing error among some children of God, and even some ministers of God. They seek the face of God in prayer only because of what they wish to get, not as a way of expressing their love and devotion to Him. Please note this: love for God should be the motivation for whatever we do for God or in the name of God. We must be drawn into prayer as a demonstration of our love for the father. This is what the father desires. Prayer in its highest form is worship. It is a deep love for God that makes prayer worship. The father seeks for it (John 4:24). Prayer becomes a struggle for many because men, do it primarily as a means to get what they want not as love and devotion to God. Prayer is a fellowship between the father and His children. Love prayer, because it is a place of deep fellowship and intercourse, producing great results out of this union.
After understanding the real motivation for prayer every servant of God who wishes to be effective must know how to pray effectively. He must know the various forms of prayer. Eph 6:18 KJV “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Intercession for others is one of the most important prayer, that the servant of God, must employ. God always wants to be involved in the affairs of men. He wants to bless men with peace, right living and prosperity. He cannot do it until men invite Him through prayer. When we consistently make intercessions, He visits men with His power and lives are always blessed.
I pray because it unites me to the Lord. In prayer I share in His strength. He instructs me by His Spirit as I pray. My life is lifted and I see miracles and various answers to my request.
Mark 1:35 KJV “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed”.
Hebrews 5:7 KJV “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;