Prayer is something that I’ve never seen to be as crucially important. I’ve never had a problem doing it but I simply didn’t see the importance of it you could say. God has been continuing to teach me over the last couple of months how very important it actually is. There have been instances where I’ve prayed for a unique situation that I maybe wouldn’t originally pray for and my prayer would be answered within a couple days. Now, to be clear, I’m not saying that God tangibly answers all prayers within a couple of days because I don’t believe He does. He answers prayers in His own time and in His own way that may be very different then what we would expect. I do believe, however, that God really does want us to be in constant prayer. As Philipians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” It’s been my experience that I feel God prompting my heart to talk to Him about all things, especially things that I find important to me. I think it’s important to ask ourselves, who are we going to first when we have something that needs tone dealt with? Other people of God. We need to always bring it back to God. He’s the only One even capable of dealing with the situations or challenges we find ourselves in. Why shouldn’t we go to Him? We’re not called to lean on our own understanding but to lean on Him. This all leads back to prayer as this is the way we communicate with Him. Prayer is not overrated. Prayer is essential. Our souls hunger and thirst for communion with God and we’re really robbing ourselves if we don’t take part in prayer.
James 5:13-16 reads, “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven of him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous manna accomplish much.”