In recent days I have seen a number of posts belittling prayer. Most of these, of course, are from those who have a different view of God than a biblical view. Some of their concerns relating to prayer may be valid, but that doesn’t mean that prayer isn’t a valid response in every situation. As Christians, we are commanded to pray; we are taught to pray by Jesus Himself, and we have the privilege to pray in any and all circumstances. There is no situation so great that God can’t handle the problem – we are free to bring those problems before God. There is no situation so small that God doesn’t care about it – we are free to bring those situations before God.
Prayer begins with an important supposition. That supposition is that God, as Creator of the Universe, cares about His creation. There are many who believe that God started things, perhaps, but isn’t involved in day to day events now. If we believe that God loved people enough that He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross, isn’t it simple to believe that God still intervenes in the affairs of men? David understood this important truth about God. “I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.’” (Psalm 16:2)
David understood. He was the king. He had everything he could want. If he didn’t have something he wanted, he took it – often in the wrong way. One thing he realized, though, was that unless it came from God, he didn’t have any good thing. It is because of this understanding that David was a man of prayer. We have many examples of his prayers in Psalms. David prayed, sought God’s will, and then acted on on his understanding of God’s will. This is how he was able to accomplish so much in his life.
We pray to open lines of communication with God. We pray to seek God’s direction. Once we have God’s direction, though, we are called to act on His direction. Prayer is not an excuse for inaction, it is a request for orders from God and then a commitment to act. We don’t seek the will of God to consider acting upon it; we seek God’s will to get the direction we need for life. All good things come from God. We must always seek His direction and then act according to His direction.
Lord, I need You. All good things come from You. I need Your direction each step of the way. Give me Your direction and the strength to act upon all that You want me to do.