Dear saints, I trust that the Lord had been keeping and blessing all of you. We tend to view prayer as a means of communicating with the Lord, having our requests answered, and needs met (Matthew 7:7, Philippians 4:6). However, if we limit prayer’s utility to just have our needs met then we’re missing the bigger picture.
Please turn with me to Matthew 6:10. This is the familiar Lord’s Prayer. One verse stands out in that whole prayer, i.e., “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So as you see saints, prayer is to unleash God’s will on this earth. It may surprise many, but one of the reasons for the delaying of the Lord’s second coming is a lack of kingdom moving prayer from saints (Matthew 18:18-19). Satan rejoices when our prayers are hindered or disrupted (1 Peter 3:7) because he knows that prayer is God’s ordained way to unleash His power and will on earth (2 Kings 6:17, John 14:16, James 5:18).
The Lord Jesus is an exemplary example of tapping into God’s unlimited power and facilitating the Father’s will through prayer. He spent the entire night praying before making important decisions like choosing the twelve disciples (Luke 6:12), before performing spectacular miracles like walking on water (Matthew 14:23), and before crucifixion (Matthew 26:36-56). The Lord understood that prayer was more than communion with God, that it was God’s ordained way of setting into motion His will and purpose on earth.
Today the church is powerless because it’s become devoid of prayers and has become caught up in the activity of doing things (Luke 10:41-42) as opposed to praying that God will unleash His omnipotence to do that which He had already accomplished. God will not act without the prayers of His saints (Matthew 9:37-38). Are we advancing the kingdom of God like the Lord through a spiritual blitz (Matthew 16:19, Matthew 11:12-13) or are we engrossed in having our own prayers answered? I pray it’s the former.
If there be any among you who doesn't know the Lord, I pray that they will seek and find Him today. Amen.