Our Call to Prayer (Part II)

"I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him." 

Eph 1:16–17

We desperately need to understand that nothing of eternal value can be accomplished without prayer.  In Ephesians 6:18, we are encouraged this way, “pray at all times in the Spirit.”  Here we are exhorted to make a lifestyle of prayer that will follows us throughout our lives.

Many are deceived to think that they can accomplish anything of real value without prayer.  People run here and there, distracted, busy, worried and anxious, thinking that their frenzied activity will mean anything life's end.  But when we learn to pray, we learn to rest in the Lord and enter our activites with a sense of His presence and purpose.  

Prayerlessness is a fruit of a life that puts God at the periphery and self at the center.  Prayerfulness is a life that puts God at the center and recognizes a need for His power in everything.  James 5:16 reminds us this way, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

God’s desire is that our life would be full and meaningful.  When Jesus told us that he had come that we may have “life and have it to the full,” (John 10:10) one idea here is that through a lifestyle of prayer and abiding in His word, we learn to make Him the center of all of our affections.

When we begin praying another thing begins to happen - we then desire to see God change others as well.  And so in Ephesians 6:19, we also are encouraged to make “supplication for the saints.”   This is a lifestyle where we learn also to continually pray for others.   And as we pray for others we enter the joy of God working in them as well.  . 

So let us make it our primary aim in life to “pray at all times… making supplication for all the saints.”  When we do our life will not only be richer, fuller and purposeful, but we then have the privilege to come alongside others in prayer that they too may taste of the Lord and see that He is good.