“… Instead of loving me, they falsely accused me; but I continued to pray.”
Examples in Scripture
The Bible is filled with individuals who prayed and we find them in the Old to the New Testaments. King David – the man after God’s own heart was a man of prayer. The above scripture gives us his heart to pray and this was not occasional as one may think.
David here is an example worthy to be imitated by us, as prayer or communion with our Father and Creator is the very essence of our being. Continual communion with the Spirit of God develops our hearing and discerning abilities and develops an intimacy beyond words, anything seen or felt.
Jesus – our Pattern
Prayer or communion with our Father is a ‘CHOICE’ we make. When Jesus instructed His disciples to pray, He gave us a pattern to follow in prayer. This was supposed to be the foundation on which our conversation and intimacy are developed.
God knows all things, and sees the end from the beginning, and works all things after the counsel of his own will, yet He desires intimacy with us. Notice, He spoke to Old Testament Patriarchs and Prophets as a friend would do, however, they did not recognize Him as Father; but, we know Him as our Father and as a friend.
When we pray, we acknowledge of his Fatherhood, His nature, and our sole dependence upon him as our Source, Benefactor, Preserver, Sustainer, Governor, and King.
We pray to honour Him. If we had free and full access to an earthly sovereign King, how much would we deem it an honour to be in His presence and converse; likewise, through the blood of Christ we have an all-time access to the “blessed and only Potentate, who is King of kings, and Lord of lords”
Prayer and the Secret Place
Prayer elevates us to a deeper level of knowing Him intimately and personally as we approach the throne of grace. The secret place of the Highest is where we can enter and dwell, and we can pour out our hearts before him with more freedom than we can to the dearest friend or nearest relative upon earth.
Prayer – an advantage and strength
Prayer keeps us in an advantage always. “It is good for me,” says David, “to draw near to God.” When you pour your heart in prayer to the Lord – the Father of all spirits, it eases the aching heart and binds up the broken spirit.
As times and seasons change, trials and temptations seem to increase in strength and during which every help seems to fail us; and at this juncture, our Father is our only resource. Let us not go to Him only in times of need as strangers would, but dwell with Him all the time. Our heart is strengthened as it is founded strongly in our conversation and His Word.
Spirit of Peace and Understanding
During these times we meet with an offensive and repulsive world. Our mind is wearied with winds, and waves, and a storm that tests our foundations. We may usually be without any direction or vision, as the man lost in the ocean without a compass and a chart. It is at this time God’s Word and His Spirit gives us rest and a peace beyond our understanding. He wraps us in His arms of love and nothing can separate us from His love into which no enemy can enter, and where no ill-thing can approach. This is where the wicked ceases from troubling us and we are wholly at rest.
Abraham and Paul
In our prayer or conversations with our Father, we can pour our petitions into the bosom of our loving, almighty ‘Dad’ who is fully able to save us and heal us. Abraham was fully persuaded that God is able to do what He said He would.
“…Cast your cares upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.“
This is done by prayer, and each petition with thanksgiving takes off some of the pressure from on us. The apostle Paul also says, “Be careful for nothing;” but how is this to be accomplished? The only way is by “…Casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you.”
Let us not limit prayer only to petitions or praise, but know that prayer is intimacy being developed in our relationship with our Father through His Spirit.
Scripture reference – Matthew 6:9-13; 1Timothy 6:15; Psalm 73:28; Philippians 4:6-8; Romans 8:31-39; 1Peter 5:7