Prayer that simple act of reaching out and talking to the Lord. It’s not about the many words or making a grand stand in front of others. However, prayer is simply the act of sharing our thoughts, heart, and needs before the throne of grace. It’s more than “Now I lay me down,” or “God is great, God is good!” There is nothing wrong with them as children learning to pray. However, as we grow in the Lord our prayers should change into something more mature. Yet, no matter what our age is, our prayers still reveal our heart’s cries.
As we study Scripture, it reveals different intensities in prayers. We teach our children the little singsongs prayers to speak over their meals and bedtimes. The Word also speaks of prayer, supplications, and intercessions. However, many Christians fail to realize the difference between these three words and believe me, there is definitely a difference in each one.
Think about it this way. We pray over our meals, asking the Lord to bless the food to the nourishment of our body. We offer prayers as we travel asking the Lord to encamp guardian angels and protection around us and our loved ones. We ask the Lord to move in our services and touch the lost and the hurting. When we cry out in these simple prayers, these humble petitions reach the ears of our Heavenly Father.
Another part of the definition of prayer also means “to worship”. As the Lord taught His disciples to pray, two things stick out at the very beginning. The words, “Our Father, Who art in heaven” reveals our relationship with God the Father. No one can approach the throne of grace except those who have a relationship through salvation. The second part is absolute worship “Hallowed be Thy name.” We glorify the name of our God, our Creator with words of adoration. We praise Him for who He is, and how He affects our life.
The more intense the need the more intense our prayer life should become. As we seek the Lord in supplications, the cries of our heart become stronger. We need a move in our life by the Lord. The need is real as is our desire for answers. We humbly approach the Throne of grace and it might be one, two, or more times. Abraham asked the Lord numerous times to spare Sodom if a certain number of righteous people were found. Each time he lowered the number, until he felt it was time to stop. He was not willing to let it go without asking for more grace and mercy.
However when horrible hardships come, we begin to see the necessity for the Lord and His intervention in our life or in the life of a loved one. We cry out in supplication making our needs known. Many times these are accompanied by tears and cries to the Lord, we serve. These are the times in our life when there are no words just our cries of agony. It may be to save a marriage, or the need of one of our children. How many of you have cried out for mercy while watching a loved one enduring a medical crisis? Intercession is a deep gut wrenching cry that we cannot even begin to put into words.
It is during these times of great need we discover the Lord has all the answer s we need. Moses cried out for the Lord to show mercy to Israelites as they rebelled numerous times in the desert. Hagar cried for mercy for Ishmael in the heat of the desert. Nehemiah mourned and interceded for his people when he learned of their suffering. Think about the Canaanite woman who begged the Lord to touch her daughter and deliver her from an evil spirit. She didn’t care if she was considered a dog but was willing to eat even of the crumbs as long as her cry was heard and answered. Even Jesus interceded as He hung on the cross, crying out “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
How deep is your prayer life? Are you willing to cry out for those needs that only the Lord can answer? Are you willing to intercede and not give up? Like Abraham, are you determined to storm the gates of heaven to see the Lord move in someone’s life? As long as there is breath, there is hope. Stand strong in all the Lord is calling you to. It is time to move into prayer as never before. 1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.