Thoughts On Prayer As Priority One

The Church on Earth – all who know they have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb and called out of the world – is first and foremost to be a House of Prayer. (Matthew 21:13) Our very bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19). It’s simply what we do.

Here is something to consider along these lines, if we take seriously the Word of God. How often do we instead hear the following little sentence in some crisis situation, or where we have our backs against a wall, “All that’s left to do is pray”? Maybe we ourselves have echoed this very worldly view of prayer. What it seems to reflect is the “God as a squad car” perception – He’ll do in a pinch.

Seriously? All that’s left is to pray? It is perceived as if it’s a last ditch effort after all other possibilities on a human level are exhausted. Only then do we turn to our Lord in prayer – when we are hurting, upset, afraid, have suffered some kind of loss, or feel threatened and so forth. But to consider prayer as the very heart of what we are and do here on Earth? That is another story entirely, where once again we need to heed to be freed… that is, we ought to perceive prayer as the essence of spiritual warfare and the very reason Christ redeemed us and the Holy Spirit called us into that gift of redemption.

In 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 we read, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Herein is the divine directive concerning our priorities. Prayer needs to be the “lifestyle” of the people of God, not just the bailiwick of monks or nuns cloistered away in some enclosure, and certainly not an afterthought.

So we can in repentance change what we affirm about prayer from, “All we can do is pray” to “All we should ever do is pray.” After all, if we are truly found in Jesus Christ, are we not also to be about our Heavenly Father’s business?

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