Since we're on a 30 day prayer adventure, I thought it would be good to consider what a privilege it is to pray. We sometimes get so caught up in life that we overlook or take the privilege of prayer for granted? I can't say it any better than Joseph Medicott Scriven did in the old hymn: What a Friend We Have In Jesus.
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy-laden, weighed down with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—Take it to the Lord in prayer
Charles Crozat Converse | Joseph Medlicott Scriven
© Words and Music: Public Domain CCLI Lic. #2484910
I want to encourage you not to rush over the words. We do that too often and miss their impact. Jesus is a Friend like no other. He will hold us up when the pressures of life surround us. He will heal us of pain and sorrow. He will give us peace. He understands the trial and temptations we face. He will be our safe place, but we must come to Him in Prayer.
Prayer is the one thing that transcends the space between Heaven and Earth. It closes the gap between humanity and divinity. Prayer lifts us from the realm of the mundane into the realm of Majesty. God, through Christ's work on the cross, has made Himself apprehendable and approachable through the vehicle of prayer.
We have talked about the importance of the Holy Spirit in prayer earlier, so I won't reiterate it here. Just know there is no substitute for, and we have no excuse not to pray. We have every reason to believe that God is listening and that He cares (I Peter 5:7). He has provided a faithful Friend to us in His Son. All we have to do is breath His Name and we will have God's full attention.
O Father, I am guilty of ignoring You. I am guilty of complaining against You. I am guilty of reading Your Word too little, and too fast, because I think I know it. But do I? I have sometimes believed the lie that You are far from me and just don't care. But, as I consider all You have done, so we can be close and have conversation, it makes me wonder how I could have been so deceived? Forgive me, Father. Forgive me, Friend. Help me to bring everything to You in prayer, knowing and believing that You are my best Friend and only Hope. Amen