Pray

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The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. (1 Peter 4:7)

“The world might end today.”

“Let us all bow for a word of prayer.”

The end of all things is near, so what do you think is the first thing God wants us to be doing? Who said pray? Did anyone say pray? Peter said pray. Aren’t you a little surprised? I wouldn’t have thought of it right off the bat. I might not have even thought of it a little further down the road. Pray. It’s just such a basic thing — something we’re always supposed to be doing. “Pray without ceasing,” said Paul. So why would prayer be so important on this side of the last days?

First, these are bound to be turbulent times. Not a good time to be caught napping. Peter wants us sober and alert so we can be praying, and so that we can be ready for whatever God might want us to do. Prayer puts us in a frame of mind that is appropriate to these last days. Prayer makes us ready.

If you are praying, you are also listening, and that, too, is an important part of prayer. It makes us attentive to God. We can speculate a lot about the end times but we will not know for sure what’s really happening and who’s who unless the Lord reveals it to us. There’s bound to be a lot of people, even Christians, led astray by the times. Things will not always be as they appear to be. You will want to be in constant communication with God.

Not to mention that God wants us in prayer because this will be a time of great spiritual warfare and prayer is an important part of the Lord’s ultimate victory over the evil forces in heavenly places. It’s an amazing fact, but true, that God has involved us in His work in the world, and a part of that is our prayers. He is dependent on it. Remember when Jesus wanted his disciples to stay awake and pray with Him while He was agonizing in the garden? Do you want Him to come to you in a dark hour and find you asleep to the need of the moment? Prayer pushes back the forces of darkness. So pray! And I would start now.

But not all is dark and somber either. Prayer is also a celebration of truth and light. Pray for the season joyful. Pray for spirits to be lifted. Pray that the light of the gospel that pierced that first night with angelic choirs will shine in the hearts and homes of those who believe, and those who are still seeking.

Joy to the world!

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2 Responses to Pray

  1. He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
    Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
    Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

    O Holy Night
    The stars are brightly shining
    It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining
    ‘Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
    A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

    Fall on your knees O hear the angel voices.
    O night divine O night when Christ was born
    O night divine, O night, O night divine.

    Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
    With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
    So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
    Here came the wise men from Orient land.
    The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
    In all our trials born to be our Friend.

    He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
    Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
    Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

    Truly He taught us to love one another;
    His law is love and His gospel is peace.
    Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
    And in His name all oppression shall cease.
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
    Let all within us praise His holy name.

    Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
    His power and glory evermore proclaim.
    O night divine, O night, O night divine.

    Pray. Receive. Give. Rejoice!

    Shalom, Peace…

  2. Peter Leenheer says:

    Thank you bobnearseattle for that my favorite Christmas Carol.
    John, I really appreciate this series of Catches because prayer is a misunderstood lifeline to God because many of us are out of practice. It is that part of the relationship God created within us in the beginning. That communication was broken when Adam and Eve sinned. Since then God’s cry to all of us has been “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) Prayer says, “Here I am Lord, I have sinned, thank you Jesus for saving me!!!”
    The origin of the Lord’s Prayer is the only time that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them something, and that was Prayer. When the disciples were waiting for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit they were praying day and night. In fact prayer was the worship service, not the preaching.
    As someone so aptly said, “Prayer is essential to get a hold of God not the answer”. Most of us come to God in prayer with a only a shopping list. I did for many years. Nothing wrong with asking but if all you ever do is ask and never praise, thank, compliment or just adore God, why should he give you anything, we wouldn’t. Show him in prayer how much you love Him, first and foremost. That would be to pray that His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven as a good start.

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