Text: Matthew 26:36-44
“who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,” Hebrews 5:7
I once read the story of the Sea Captain, who in a terrible storm feared the loss of all lives. He asked if anyone knew how to pray. No one volunteered. So the captain, prepared to do a captain’s duty, agreed to pray. His opening words were, “God, I’ve never bothered you before, and if you help us through this storm, I’ll never bother you again.”
Bother? No, your prayer doesn’t disturb God but delights Him! If there is any subject in the Bible that furnishes us with so many examples, commands and promises, it’s prayer. We find examples of Jacob, who wrestled with an angel and prevailed; Jabez, who prayed to have his destiny helped; Daniel, who prayed three times a day, as it was his custom from his early days; Elijah, on the mountain, who prayed seven times until there was rain; and Hezekiah, who presented a threat letter before God in prayer and was delivered. What about the apostles who prayed to cause a shaken and also to have Peter delivered from the maximum prison; Paul and Silas, whose prayer in the dungeon caused an earthquake that opened the prison doors! What about our great example, Jesus Christ, who prayed with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him and was heard!
We will scarcely open the Bible before we read, “… Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.” (Gen 4:26).
Friends, so, why has God made prayer so prominent in the scriptures? Whatever God has made prominent in His word, He wants it conspicuous in our lives. He said much about prayer because He knows we have much need of it. Trying to live as a Christian without prayer is like trying to live without breathing! Missionary Corrie Ten Boom puts it like this, “What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.” May the Lord draw your heart closer to Him in prayer in Jesus name.
1. Father, please strengthen me in the place of prayer and rekindle fire on my prayer altar in Jesus name.
2. Father, please, daily draw my heart closer to You in prayer and let me never grow out of the need of You in Jesus name.
1. A Christian who does not pray is likened to a person who wants to live without breathing.
2. Like wings to a bird and sails to a ship, so I have made prayer to my soul.