Pastor Thoughts - March 2022
A Thought from Pastor Bryson,
“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”
(Luke 18:1 NKJV)
As a people who profess faith in Jesus as Lord, we “know” the importance of prayer. But the question is, do we do it as often as we should?
Prayer can be challenging. We are concerned about having the time to pray, praying correctly – using the right words and having the right posture. We are concerned if our prayers are really getting through or do they matter – we’ve had so many prayers that didn’t go the way we wanted, with so much going on, how do we prioritize what is important?
In all honesty we make prayer more challenging than it really is. In his book, Before Amen, Max Lucado states that “Prayer is conversation with God while driving to work or awaiting an appointment or before interacting with a client.” Truthfully speaking, prayer is ongoing. Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – pray without ceasing. In Luke 18:1 Jesus said, “Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Simply put, don’t get tired or discouraged, keep the prayer wheels turning.
Prayer is important for several reasons:
· It keeps us connected to God; we realize our need for Him
· It nurtures us spiritually
· It reminds us of God who is concerned about our needs
· It keeps us humble
· It keeps us filled with hope
· It brings calm in the midst of chaos
And when you can’t seem to find the words to say because of having such a heavy heart, remember Romans 8:26-27 – “…the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Pray often, pray about whatever concerns you, and God in due time will do what only God can do – He’ll make a way out of no way. Prayer is vital to our spiritual well-being. PRAY!