“Nothing is well done without prayer for the simple reason that it leaves God out of the account.” – E.M. Bounds
How many times do we find ourselves needing that reminder? If we’re honest, it’s probably every hour of every day. Even the things that we do “for God” are often done in vain. The disciples learned that lesson in Mark chapter 9 when they tried to cast out the demon. What was missing? Why didn’t it work that time? Jesus told them that what was missing was prayer (Mark 9:28-29). I can identify with the disciples. I’ve had many times when God did great things, but when I tried it again I failed miserably. Why? I left God out of the account. I didn’t pray.
It’s easy to forget why we pray. There’s a tendency for us to slip into the mindset that we pray in order to get something from God. But if God knows what we need even before we ask (Matthew 6:8), then there must be another purpose for prayer. One of the main reasons for prayer is to align our hearts with God’s heart and will, so that we want what He already wants. Through prayer, we are being reminded that it’s not about us; it’s about God getting the glory. As you are about to eat a meal, your prayer should remind you that God is your provider. So you thank Him! When you are going through a difficult time, your prayer should remind you that God is the source of strength and hope. So you rely on Him! As you are walking across campus, your prayer should remind you that He has given you a mission to spread the good news of Jesus to the people around you. So you tell others about Him! And through those times, God is glorified. But it started with prayer.
God has given us prayer, not so that we would have a boring task to do for Him, but as a privilege to draw closer to Him. Let’s encourage one another to spend time in prayer this week!