Orate = Conclusion
Orate = Pray in Latin (Pray without ceasing)
PART SIX OF SIX
“Lord, teach us to pray.” That has been the theme this week. I hope the Lord has spoken to you through this request as He has to me.
When it comes down to it, Jesus showed us through the model prayer what he wants from us. God wants our adoration. He wants us to be different than this world. He wants us to seek His will each and every day. He wants us to rely on Him for provision in our lives, in everything, and recognize that it all comes from Him anyway. He wants us to forgive. He wants to strengthen us as only He can, if only we will let Him.
I think He wants us to pray the Psalms, as He has given us a gift of a prayer book in the Bible. He wants us to pray without ceasing, to talk to Him throughout the day. He wants us to believe and have complete faith in the power of prayer. And above all He wants a relationship with you. If we have no prayer life, how can we be rightly related to God?
And then He wants us to intercede for others through prayer. Oswald Chambers said, “The real business of your life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. Wherever God puts you in circumstances, pray immediately, pray that His atonement may be realized in other lives as it has been in yours. Pray for you friends now; pray for those with whom you come in contact now.“
We build each other through prayer. I was attending a friend’s wedding years ago, and I ran into a long-time family friend named Marcia George there. She and her husband Pat were friends with my parents and even my grandparents. Marcia had recently been diagnosed with cancer when I saw her. She asked me to pray for her. I said I would. She grabbed my hand and paused, looking me intently in the eyes, and said, “No, I mean it. I really need you to pray for me. Don’t just say it.” Both Marcia and Pat are with Jesus now, but this moment forever influenced my life. I will never forget it.
How many times do we make “empty-prayer promises?” We tell people we will pray for them and our intentions are good, we do not mean to do this; but then we never actually pray for them. We forget. Our lives are too busy. We leave that moment and do not take action for those in need of prayer.
Marcia really opened my eyes and my heart that day. I vowed to never make an “empty-prayer promise” again. If someone asks me to pray with them, I try not to leave that occasion without praying, either actually praying “with” them or praying “for” them to myself.
Fellowship with other believers is about our relationship with God too, and a big part of our fellowship should be prayer. I need your prayers and you need mine. If we are not in fellowship with other believers, can we really be rightly related to God?
Just for today, make an intentional effort to pray “with” someone today. If you do not have a chance, pray “for” someone specifically.
Tune in tomorrow for Song of Sunday.