If there is any time in our lives that prayer proves to be a necessary part of our daily life, it is today! Prayer is one of the four main vehicles that help us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus.
Prayer is one of the four integral elements we are to be focused on as the children of God. The other three are worship, the study of scripture and fellowship with the saints. (Acts 2:42) These four are the foundation of our experience, intimacy, and growth with our Heavenly Father.
In the Luke 11 passage containing The Lord’s Prayer, notice the Lord Jesus begins His lesson to us on prayer with the presupposition that we will be praying, saying: “When you pray...” The Creator of our world teaches us what He wants to hear from us! Think about this for a minute, Almighty God wants to hear from us! This strongly suggests that our Heavenly Father has an ear for us! Understand this is a privilege given to us, “we have God’s ears,” indeed! Another amazing, fantastic and exciting blessing from our Heavenly Father and wonders of all wonders is He answers us! Please take the time to have a conversation with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Go to Luke chapter eleven and remind yourself of content of your prayers and then keep reading to the end of the thirteenth verse. Christ Jesus gives us an illustration covering the contents, frequency, and expectation for the efficacy of our prayers to Him. The Apostle Paul adds through the leading of the Holy Spirit: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints ...” Ephesians 6:18
Robert Thompson has been the senior pastor of Chapel Woods Presbyterian Church in Snellville since May 2003. He graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1986. Robert is also Chairman of the Board of Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. He and his wife Wanda have been married for 43 years. They have three adult daughters, Amanda, and twins Rebecca and Sarah. Amanda is married to Jerry Jones and they have three daughters of their own. Rebecca is married to Wesley Payton; they have two sons. Sarah is married to Mark Magdziarz and they have two daughters and two sons.