Edgewood Church has been delighted to welcome a new Director of Worship Arts, Caleb Gordon, along with his wife Dianna and baby boy, Emmitt. I asked Caleb if he would write an article for the blog this week…
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:18-20 (NIV)
The Bible talks frequently about prayer and its importance even so far as to say pray continually or on all occasions. In Ephesians 6 quoted above, it states that we need to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests, and to continue to pray and keep praying…and praying…and praying…and praying. Yet in our current time we struggle to find time for prayer [for God] and find “something” to put between us and our time with our Heavenly Father.
Richard Foster states in his book titled Prayer…
“We believe prayer is something we should do, even something we want to do, but it seems like a chasm stands between us and actually praying. We experience the agony of prayerlessness.”
What is your “chasm” standing between you and God? Is it your smart phone? Your work schedule, kids, social media, etc.? I think that the biggest chasm between us and God is…us. We are so focused on getting prayer perfect and think we need to set aside 3 hours and be doctrinally sound and say pretty things and prepare our hearts [that’s His job!], but in reality God calls us to pray, to simply pray. Jesus died for us so that we might be able to go directly to the Father. He didn’t send Jesus when we were perfect; God sent His Son while we were still sinners, and He invites us to cry out to him, “Abba”, as His children! He desires that we pray with confidence and faith that He will do what he says! When you pray, do you pray knowing that God will answer you?
The Neglected Aspect of Prayer
Perhaps many of you have heard of the parable preparing for rain. “There were two farmers who desperately needed rain, and both of them prayed for rain. But only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain? The answer: the one who prepared his fields for it.”
This is a story about faith in action and should spur us to “prepare our fields” for God to do an amazing work. If we just sit and “wait” do we really trust God and what he said he would do?
In Philemon 22 Paul writes from prison not knowing if he will actually get out but still trusting God and making preparations he says:
“And one thing more: prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.”
You may not be a farmer or have a literal field to prepare. Your field could come in the form of a struggling marriage, or a health concern, new job, etc.
Regardless of what you need “rain” for, prepare your fields for God’s mighty work!