Standing in the Need of Prayer
Thursday, January 31, 2013
James 5:16 – “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
A friend of mine posted a request on the internet that simply said, “I am standing in the need of prayer.” The simplicity and honesty of the statement struck me and got my attention. Many times we try to cover up our needs and pretend that we are all ok. That we can handle life on our own, but in reality all of us stand in the need of prayer don’t we?
The Bible says “the fervent prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective,” or “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” In other words prayer is powerful. It brings us to one of the most important and powerful places that we could be and that is at the throne of God. We can enter this “most holy place” only by the blood of Jesus, who makes us righteous. We are righteous because of Him and we can enter into God, the Father’s presence because of Him, and once we do our prayer becomes powerful because of Him.
Because of Jesus prayer is possible and prayer is powerful. And it is something that we all need. We may not want to admit it, we may think we can handle life on our own, but in reality we can’t. We may pretend that we can but in reality we can’t. We desperately need Jesus. We all stand in the need of prayer.
I’ve been amazed this week at the difficulties that life brings. Life is full of hard times and difficult decisions. We all struggle. Sometimes it is physically, sometimes its within our relationships, sometimes its financial, sometimes its mental, sometimes its with guilt, sometimes its all of the above. We struggle and we stand in the need of prayer.
Our weather this week has been amazing. It’s been hot, its been cold, its been windy, its been calm, we’ve had tornado watches, floods, and snow. All is one week. One person put it this week, “our weather has been a wild ride.” Life is like that too isn’t it? There are ups and downs. There are times you feel like you are going to be blown away, there are times troubles come flooding in, there are times we feel snowed under. Life can be difficult and when it (and when it isn’t) we stand in the need of prayer).
We came home tonight and there was a huge, beautiful black dog in our driveway. My boys were excited because they love dogs so they jumped out of the vehicle (after I made sure he was friendly) and were ready to play. The dog loved it, in fact he loved it a little too much. When they started running and laughing the dog thought they wanted to play so he began to chase them. This was okay for a second but it quickly scared my 4 year old to death. So he came running to me, and I picked him up. He clung to me as hard as he ever having, wrapping his legs and his arms around me and holding on for dear life. He was scared and he saw me as his protector. I was glad to scoop him up and hold him and carry him into the house.
That is what God, our Father wants from us. He wants us to run to Him, to cling to Him, to hold onto Him for dear life. To trust Him knowing that when we come to Him, He won’t turn us away, but He gladly holds us and carries us, and loves us. In other words He wants us to pray for Him. After all He made it possible. He made it possible for us to enter into His presence, He made it possible for us to be righteous, and He made it possible for us to pray.
Every day you stand in the need of prayer. And even more than that everyday you have a loving heavenly Father who wants to pick you up and carry you and love you when you pray to Him.