“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38).
Prayer is one of the more misunderstood activities of Christian life, worship and praise. It is our way of communicating our desires and discomforts to God. Too often and too many believers see the ritual of prayer as a justifiable means of getting things from God. I believe God looks upon the ritual of prayer as insincere and likewise does not respond. Jesus taught and demonstrated that prayer is not meant to be a ritual or routine, but the most intimate and personal two-way conversation a believer can have with God the Father.
Theologically speaking prayer does not prepare us for the greater works, prayer is the greater work. We think of prayer as a common-sense exercise of our higher powers in preparation for God’s work. God’s work is different from man’s work, yet it requires the same fundamentals of success used in other daily activities. I have heard it said; “if you plan your work and work your plan, your plans will work.” I can testify it has worked for me with many projects. So, why should we not expect planning to work in completing God’s work?
Naturally, prayer is not practical, it is absurd; we have to realize that prayer is stupid
from the ordinary common-sense point of view. If you want to get a good picture of a person’s spiritual relationship with God, take a look at their prayer life. Is it warm or cold? Measured over time, the longer the interval between prayers the colder the relationship grows. In one way it is like a romantic relationship; absence tends to make the heart grow fonder. It is the things of the world which we grow fond of and become less attracted to the things of God.
In the teachings of Jesus Christ prayer is the working of the miracle of Redemption in me which produces the miracle of Redemption in others by the power of God. Prayer is our most effective weapon in the daily battles we must fight until the war against sin is won. Whichever way God may engineer your circumstances our duty is to pray. Never allow the thought—“I am of no use where I am,” to enter your mind. Rest assured you certainly cannot be of use where you are not. Wherever God has placed you in life’s circumstances pray, pray without ceasing.
How many of us pray without respect of persons, and with respect to only one person,
Jesus Christ? Jesus is our great example of staying in close communications with the Father as an obedient and loving child inquiring often of Him through prayer, always aware of His presence. “Whatsoever ye ask in My name, that will I do.” Too many of us will not pray unless we get a thrill or public adoration, that is the highest form of spiritual selfishness. We have to labor along the line of God’s direction, and He says we are to pray.
“And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father” (John 14:12). There is nothing thrilling about a laboring man’s work, however, it is the laboring man that makes the conception of genius possible, and it is the laboring of the saint who makes the conception of Jesus Christ possible. You labor at prayer and results happen all the time from God’s point of view. What an astonishing treasure it will be to find, the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you had been in the habit of talking to God in prayer. I thank God for blessing you to be a blessing to someone else in Jesus’ name. Amen.
- Are your prayers same (wiki.answers.com)