One of my resolutions this year is to be a better prayer. My mind goes back to a great lesson from Brother BJ Clarke at Polishing the Pulpit. He had a great quote "How often do we actually pray for those who ask us to pray for us?"
Sobering thought but true. I haven't done as much as I could do.
At our inservice the other day at Boyd, I won a journal. I recently bought a Star wars moleskin journal to use for sermon notes and such. What to do with this other journal? I decided to make a prayer journal out of it. In this journal I can write down all those I need to pray for. If I am surfing Facebook and I see someone requesting prayer, I can record the name and if applicable the need. I also have it with me at school. If my students have anything they want prayed for, they can sign the book. Prayer is of the utmost importance.
Consider three things about prayer.
1. It must be persistent (Luke 18:1) Jesus said all men everywhere should pray and not faint. He then proceeded to teach a parable about a widow who was persistent in asking a rather cantankerous, ungodly judge to deal with her adversary. We must be persistent in our praying to God.
2. It must not be prideful ( Luke 18:9-14). Jesus then proceeded to teach another parable about a Pharisee and a publican. The Pharisee was observed praying and was very much self-righteous in his prayer to God, bragging about the good he had done and how thankful he was to not be like all these different people including the publican who was praying not far away from him. On the other hand, this publican was so humble that he couldn't even lift his eyes to Heaven and was willing to admit that he was guilty of sin and needed mercy from God. Which of those two prayers do you suppose God accepted?
3. We must remember that prayer is powerful (Acts 12:1-11). There was a great persecution going on in the church and the Apostle Peter was in prison. Verse 5 tells us that prayer was made without ceasing unto God for Peter by the church. That same night, an angel escorted Peter out of the jail. Prayer is POWERFUL and it does work.
"Oh how praying rests the weary, prayer will change the night to day… So when life seems dark and dreary, don't forget to pray"