Developing a relationship with God through prayer-Part-I (John 15)
For as long as I can remember, talking with God in prayer has been a huge part of my life. As a young child, I remember nights of lying in bed talking to God about things that were on my heart. During, those early years I didn’t know as much as I know now about the power of prayer. However, I understood enough to know that if any one could fix the problem surely, God could. The Lord God Almighty can do all things; there is nothing impossible for Him (Luke 1:37).
While lying in bed I would pour my heart out to God. Sometimes in tears as I cried myself to sleep. It felt as though there was no distance between God and I. Even though, it was a simple child like prayer. Surprisingly, God would answer back and allow me the opportunity to see the answers to my prayers. The Lord God Almighty hears the prayers of His children. He commands us to pray, and He promises to listen when we do. “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6).
So, from those very tender years as a child, prayer became a priority in my life. What I considered as normal conversations between God and me began a relationship that has continued until this day. In my opinion, prayer should not be a thing that we fear or take for granted. But an opportunity to connect with God even during, the most darkest times in our lives.
“Prayer is not an option but a necessity” – Billy Graham
According to the Bible, the power of prayer is, quite simply, the power of God, who hears and answers prayer. Consider the following 1) The Lord God Almighty can do all things; there is nothing impossible for Him (Luke 1:37). 2) The Lord God Almighty answers prayer. “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me” (Psalm 17:6). “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17). 3)I lie awake at night thinking of you— of how much you have helped me—and how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings. I follow close behind you, protected by your strong right arm (Psalm 63:6-8).
Throughout the years, God has allowed me to experience the power of intercession and prayer in my own life and the lives of many family and friends. I can testify of how staying connected to God through prayer and intercession has changed my life. As well as, the lives of many love ones and friends. Prayer has the power to change your life and the lives of those around you too!
It is my greatest hope to share as many of those experiences with you as I can. In an attempt to show you that prayer is essential, prayer is powerful! In Luke 22:39-46, we see Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives and prayed. Jesus knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” Afterwards, an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthen Him. In His distress Jesus began to cry out to God. For He knew that He was about to experience the most difficult time of His life. The Bible says, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly.” and His sweat was like great drops of blood falling to the ground.
As you read this blog. I pray that you will come to know that prayer is still essential, prayer is powerful! And when your about to face your darkest hour God will be there for you too! You are never alone to face any difficulties by yourself. So, please take a moment and talk with GOD about the problem before you do anything else. Allow him time to answer you back. I guarantee you, it will be worth the wait! God bless you and let Him keep you as your mind is stayed on Jesus. Amen!
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation (Luke22:39-46)