Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Importance of Prayer by Kathleen McGill

Prayer is to intercede or make petition to God.  Webster's Dictionary defines intercede as to intervene on behalf of another and Webster defines petition as to make a request to someone for something to be done. Keeping in mind the three words, "prayer, intercede and petition", I submit the following bible verses.

The first about Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech.  Because Abraham was afraid of Abimelech, he gave Sarah to him explaining that she was his sister instead of his wife.  As a result of Abraham's lie, God made all the women in Abimelech's household barren.  Gen. 20: 17-18 tells the prayer of Abraham concerning the situation after he was caught in the lie.  "Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and all the women of the household so they could have children.  For the Lord had stricken all their women with infertility as a warning to Abimelech for having taken Abraham's wife."  After Abraham admitted his wrongdoing, repented and then prayed a prayer of  intercession for Abimelech. 

The 2nd verse is Matt. 6:5-7:  Jesus is speaking, "And now about prayer, When you pray don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on the streets and synagogues where everyone can see them.  I tell you this is all the reward they will get.  But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in Heaven secretly.  And the Father who knows all secrets, will reward you."  

Jesus warns us about praying to be seen and heard.  It is alright to petition for yourself and especially other with prayers of  intercession.  The Father wants us to know what a private matter prayer is between Him and us.

Rom. 8:26 says "And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress.  For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray.  But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Holy Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will."


Do you notice how all of the Godhead is involved in our prayers?  The importance of prayer in our life is perhaps the most powerful gift God has given us and one that we can share with others.  If there is nothing else we can give, we can always give prayer.  Prayers of intercession and petition for others and ourselves.

Today, I leave you with this:  Phil. 4:6:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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