“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” James 5:16
This verse has been written in bold in my mind for the last few days. We as the core of this new church plant are spending 24 hours to pray for over our info night. My wife and I had 9pm-10pm and let me say, it went by too fast, I wanted to stay and pray for another 5 hours.
After leaving, the first thing that came to mind was, “why don’t I pray like this more often?” It was enough for me to realize that my prayer life needs a serious reality check. I continually need to remind myself that I don’t want to pray to “some distant God” and I don’t want to pray to God as I fall asleep – and that’s all He gets. I want to pray in a way that reminds me that I can’t do life away from God. I want to pray with strength, power and certainty. I want to pray in a way that brings me back to the realization that only He can do the unthinkable and the incredible. I want to pray to God with vulnerability and more often. So that’s what I’m committing to do.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” – Matthew 6:5-8