The Vitalness of Prayer

At the risk of sounding like I’ve gone off the deep end, I want to share with you on the vitalness of prayer, not the kind described by Chris Hodges, in his book, Fresh Air, where he states, “Often we view prayer as a pleasant, dreamy meditation,” and it often is. However, “Sometimes our prayers should be like a street fight!” You may be thinking that “Wow Sam, that’s a bit contrary to a positive Christian attitude!”

Maybe, but I’m convinced that we are in a battle that is not easily fought. It’s not easily fought because our fight is not against people – our struggle is being waged in the unseen world, and we are reaping the fallout. I believe it’s time for the church to put on the full armor of God and stand! In Ephesians 6: 18, Paul writes, “In the same way, prayer is essential in the ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up os that no one falls behind or drops out.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said of prayer, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing!” And we are told in James 5: 16 that “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

The word fervent in the above verse is defined by Dictionary.com as “having or displaying a passionate intensity.” There is nothing casual about fervent prayer. So, how is your prayer life?

Bob Dylan wrote a song in 1963 called “Times They Are A-Changin.” It became a rallying cry for the anti-establishment movement. The song spoke of a battle raging that would cause windows to shake and walls to rattle! And so they are, and maybe its time that our prayer life become more intense, more passionate!

May I invite you if you need someone to pray for you and stand with you in the fight! I would love to do just that! Just email me at rev.swilder@gmail.com and let me know how I can stand with you in prayer. Remember, you are not alone in your battle. There is Victory in Jesus!

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