DEC 12

Isaiah 56:7
Memorise James 1:6
“…that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

We have considered the need to gather together as Christians and the need for mutual encouragement in earlier readings. In addition, we have also learnt the necessity of praying for one another. Prayer meeting is a special time set aside so that many can gather together to pray for those in the church who are in need. By being part of this, you are showing Christian love and concern for others. Let us also consider why we should pray. Firstly, it is commanded. Isaiah 55:6 commands that we seek the Lord while He may be found. Hebrews 11:6 exhorts us not only to seek Him but to do so “diligently”. Psalm 105:4 tells us that we may find strength from Him if we seek Him in prayer. He gives to us strength that our weary bodies and souls often cannot do without. But beyond simply being commanded or a necessity, prayer is a blessing in itself. Psalm 119:2 tells us of blessings to those who keep His testimonies and seek Him with the whole heart. God promises blessings when we pray and do so correctly according to His will. The Psalmist also speaks of joy that comes from seeking after the Lord. Prayer will lead to joy and peace so profound that it passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). In our passage for today, we know that God’s house is called the house of prayer which shows how important and central prayer is in the sight of God.

Often prayer is neglected in our lives. We pray so little when God’s Word says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We hardly pray for one another and hardly come to pray together at prayer meeting. Do we have such a low view of prayer? To that, there is a warning. God will not always be ready to hear our prayers. Proverbs 1:28 says in that instance that God refused to hear the prayers of His people. We must not think that that too cannot happen to us if we persist in our rebellious ways. May you seek the Lord while He may be found.

Thought: What if God shuts His ears from you?
Prayer: Lord, may it be never so that I be found so steeped in sin that Thou will not hear me anymore.