When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.
When you look for me, you will find me.
Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord.
Jeremiah, Chapter 29, Verse 12-14
The Bible shows us many occasions when Jesus prayed. Jesus knew well the power of prayer and constantly called on his Father to give him the strength to fulfill his mission on earth. In fact, Jesus started his ministry with prayer when he was baptized by John the Baptist and he ended it with prayer at his crucifixion. The whole of Chapter 17 in the Gospel of John is a passionate and deeply moving prayer by Jesus to his Father for his followers – that includes us. If Jesus found prayer to be an important part of his relationship with his Father, and if it gave him sustenance for his life’s work, then surely we should be encouraged to follow his example.
Let us make prayer the mainstay of our relationship with God. It is through prayer that we develop and deepen that relationship. It is through prayer that we become intimate with God. It is through prayer that we learn to depend on God, to feel ourselves being held in his loving arms. As well as having dedicated quiet times for prayer let us make of our everyday lives a living prayer.
05 May 2014