We all know it is important, we are encouraged in scripture of the power and potency of prayer.
But we also know that it is so much more than just a means to an end, prayer is joining with our great God. It is communication and it is listening, it is where we can find peace in times of struggle and the ability to wrestle with our own questions and laments.
I have been reading Timothy Keller’s book on prayer recently and have been reminded:
‘Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves. Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we desire. It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life. We must learn to pray. We have to’.
I know personally there have been times when my prayer life has been dry. By this I mean I have got into a pattern that has been unhelpful and I have needed to change.
I think Keller’s insight is wonderful here when he states ‘Prayer is simply the key to everything we need’.
Prayer is not some magic bullet, but it is the key because God is the source of all life and the foundation upon which everything that is, everything that was, and everything that ever will be is built upon.
My encouragement to us this week is that if we find yourself in a dry space in prayer, it is more important than ever to immerse ourselves in it. Either by different methods or in different spaces.
For we must persist in prayer.
Paul’s encouragement for us in the letter to the Ephesians is:
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
– Eph 6:18
May we continue to grow, struggle and persevere in this most holy calling.