Prayer is a communication line with God. We hear from Him through His word, the Bible, and we speak to Him through prayer. That is what a relationship…any relationship is built on…two-way communication. The difference in prayer is that we are not speaking to or hearing from an equal. We are hearing from and speaking to Almighty God, the Creator of the universe! In light of that fact He instructs us “to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.” (Heb 4:16) The idea of ‘boldly’ is to have an attitude of confidence. What an amazing somewhat incomprehensible thought – Almighty God says to come boldly!
The New Testament teaches as well, “the fervent effective prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16) The prophet Amos saw three visions from the Lord that would bring judgment on the nation of Israel. (Amos 7) His response to the first two was to pray and asked God to forgive and cease. In both cases the Lord relented and then showed Him a third one that He would carry out against the nation – “I will not pass by them anymore”. Amos readily accepted the third vision and carried the message to the intended subjects. Whether God changed His course due to his prayer or Amos’ will became perfectly aligned with the Lord, can be debated. The fact is he fervently prayed. Amos was totally depending on God when he prayed and God responded.
When was the last time you prayed fervently? Do you come boldly to His throne to find grace to help in time of need or do you do it your way first? …Is God your last resort? For me sometimes I’m afraid that He is. What about you?