Day Twenty: The Prayer
4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
–Philippians 4:4-7 (NKJV; BibleGateway.com)
10 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” –Romans 12:10-13 (NKJV; BibleGateway.com)
17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
When we were kids, our parents always told us to get dressed and make our beds every morning. Eat a good breakfast, take your vitamins, brush your teeth, and drink plenty of water. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably said these things countless times along with many more “mommy phrases”. We don’t usually go into a big explanation about why—we just say it.
Eventually the lesson will come to light. Wait for it.
Recently, we took our children for their regular dentist appointments—all four of them. It’s funny how you can have four kids, and only one of them is that kid. You may know the one I mean. The child who can conjure in his or her imagination the absolute worst outcome for any situation—and then pester you about it for days. Weeks before the appointment, she just knew that she had a terrible cavity—more than one, actually. She also believed that one or several of her permanent teeth was coming out. “Look, mom! It’s wiggling. Check it, please!” Oh, the relief when the dentist finally came to examine her teeth and declared the two words that brings joy to every mama’s heart.
Prayer feels like that to me. It’s the driving force behind the reassurance we’ve been waiting for. The Bible says a lot of awesome things about our relationship to God and our influence in life regarding prayer. We don’t always know what will happen because we prayed, but we know that when we cover every situation in prayer—good things happen. I’ve found that also “God things happen”. It humbles and amazes me that the God who created heaven and earth allows us to participate in history itself when we pray. Let’s make the choice to pray today and often in the days to come. In our last two days, we are going unscripted. Pray your own prayer to the Lord today, and spend time with Him. Let’s honor God and give Him all the glory.