The potential of prayer is immeasurable. Many faith traditions incorporate this concept in one form or another, but for the believer in Christ, prayer becomes an irreplaceable lifeline. It is vital to growth and maturity. It is intensely relational and moves us from the rigor of religiosity. It is how a child talks to their Father.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. – Ephesians 6:18
Prayer is a beautifully intimate connection to Divinity – mere man reaching out to an infinite God. Some might find this ridiculous that such a God could exist or that if He did, He would be so accessible. God as He describes Himself, however, not only allows for such a connection, He desires it. Over and over throughout the pages of His Word, He calls for us to reach out to Him.
The Potential of Prayer is Present – God is Here
When the perception that God is “out there somewhere” frames our mindset, we limit the conversation to a periodic, formalized religious duty. God is not just out there, He is here. I have been the person that felt ignored in the room. Maybe you have too. It is a horrible feeling to be physically present but relationally invisible. God is ever present. Prayer is an expression of the truth that God is here and seeks to recognize that His presence is not a trivial thing.
The Potential of Prayer is Victory – The Real Battle is Spiritual
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.
We are engaged in an epic conflict. The real battle is spiritual and to prevail, we must do more than exert effort. We have been given an arsenal to engage in the fight (Ephesians 6). Each of these things is a gift from God and prayer keeps us connected to the Source of our victory. We were never meant to fight alone. God is present even when it looks the darkest. He never fails. He never leaves us stranded.
Reach out to the Almighty. Let us not neglect such an amazing opportunity, but instead, fully embrace our relationship with Christ.