The Orange Leader
Is prayer a spiritual exercise where much like physical exercise, we expect some results for our efforts, or is it more like a business deal where we contract with God and walk away with our purchase?
Actually it is both. Spending time with God, praising Him, loving Him, bragging on Him, and listening for His voice are an important part of a Christian’s daily life. It’s like food from heaven, refreshment for our soul. It’s the time when God often gives us understanding of His plans and directs our lives. This is necessary and it’s great, but I’m afraid this is all most Christians have come to expect from prayer.
When a miracle shows up, we are totally surprised and beyond that even skeptical. I have noticed that believers are often more skeptical than the world. It is like the house full of people praying for Peter’s release from prison who refused to believe the maid when she announced Peter was at the front door. (Acts 12) Did they really believe Peter, who was in chains and personally guarded by 16 men, was going to be escorted out by an angel? Apparently not!
Let us not settle with the belief that prayer is all devotional because there is a prayer that understands God’s Will, knows who He is and knows before they see it that God has answered. Those whose prayer life is only devotional are often greatly surprised when God answers, while those who connect with God are so sure of the answer they may be excited but never surprised.
When Jesus gave the church the keys to heaven’s gates, it equaled the “right” or authority to bring some of heaven’s power to play on earth. God’s covenant with us is a contract He wants us to agree with and proclaim. His contract binds Him to perform His will when we come into agreement. When we really pray, earth can have what heaven wants.
Please don’t stop with devotional prayers!