2 Chronicles 7:14-15 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
In my writing today, I will focus on prayer. My focus, however, will not be on the various kinds of prayer (praise, worship, thanksgiving, petition, supplication, binding and loosing, dedication, commitment, faith, or intercession), but on the relationship that needs to exist between God and His child, the communication that must flow from the heart, come forth with right motive and attitude, and rest firmly upon the will of Father as it is set forth in the Scriptures. Today I will write more of the character of prayer than of its content. I am convinced when the character of prayer is right, there will be little, if any, issues concerning content.
In our Text for Today, please note that the call to pray does not reference any of the different kinds of prayer, but rather focuses on the strong desire of one’s heart to be in a place of fulfilled communion with our Father God, our Lord and Master (Jesus, the Christ), and the leading and strong influence of Holy Spirit in that communion. It speaks of prayer by people who know who they are in the Lord. It speaks of prayer that passionately seek Father’s face. It speaks of prayer that leads to true repentance. It speaks of prayer that truly moves heaven and brings wondrous response from Father, holding His divine attention of heaven and its power. It speaks of prayer that truly opens the way to powerfully impact and change the world. It speaks of a quality of prayer of which seems to be so little known in this hour. It speaks of a prayer for which the church is currently desperate.
While prayer is certainly necessary in the life of the believer, the level of prayer to which one rises for this kind of praying is more than a necessity; it has become a calling. This prayer is addictive. Yes, I said, “addictive.” Once undertaken, it becomes necessary for life, for growth, for moving forward, for victory over life’s struggles. This is a call to a life of prayer. Prayer is no longer a matter of something you do at certain times, but of a relationship through which one is never, Never, NEVER separate from a constant state of communion with Father. It is a prayer life in which two individuals have grown together so closely that one can start a sentence and the other can complete. Their thought lives are inextricably joined, and their heart for one another is constantly beating in rhythm for the same purpose.
Manna for Today – 2 Chronicles 6:3 – 7:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24