Not only will prayer give you confidence but it will fortify and reinforce every God-given attribute and gift that you possess. Prayer makes your testimony more powerful, your witness more influential and your equanimity more stable. Prayer enhances the person that you are and helps build the person that God intended for your to be.
Prayer is also important for preservation and maintenance as well. In order for God to spiritually “safeguard” your life, prayer must be employed. People that pray are people that stay.
I am reminded of the account in the Chapter 12 of the Book of Acts when Peter was in prison and the saints began to pray. Their prayers literally cause an angel to be dispatch from Heaven and the Power of God to move in their favor. Peter was brought out of maximum security right to the house where the disciples were praying. Prayer can shield and shelter your life! Prayer can bring forth the impossible.
One of the greatest things about having a strong prayer life is that it actually makes many other aspects of your walk with God so much better. Prayer becomes a spiritual undergirding that solidifies and strengthens the child of God. Since prayer is a ubiquitous entity—meaning it goes everywhere—it will affect every aspect and facet of who you are.
Prayer Will Bring You Through
As I look back over my life, I can clearly identify times when I was barely holding on. Sometimes, especially in my early years as a Christian, I almost quit and went back to my old activities—back into the world. It was prayer that got me through it.
When I was in college I can remember the sustaining power of prayer. It was prayer that helped me to maintain spiritual equanimity. Prayer was really the key to my spiritual survival! I was a young Christian who really loved God and wanted to do His will. The problem was that I lived on campus about five miles from the church that I attended. I will tell you that there was nothing spiritual about the environment I lived in. In fact, living with other college students tempted and encouraged me to consider doing things I would not normally think about. For instance, I was not a drinker. Alcohol was something that never appealed to me. However, in that environment with ungodly music, young ladies and a continual party atmosphere, coupled with the fact I was very much on my own, it was very easy to slip into doing the wrong thing. I was a Christian in a very aggressive non-Christian environment.
I can say that it was prayer that kept me. In the beginning of my Christian walk, I was taught to pray. My prayers were not deep theological utterances, but just a very simple dialogue with God. It was enough for God to remind me of who I was. It was enough for me to rehearse the promises that God had declared over my life. Every time I prayed, it gave me a little more life. The Scripture declares that:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue:” Proverbs 21:18
Also it helped to know that others were praying for me. In the church I attended before the services closed, prayer for college students attending the local university was requested. I needed to hear that announcement and looked forward to it. Somewhere in my spirit, I gained the confidence that God was going to get me through each situation. My girlfriend (who is now my wife of 20 years) would also pray for me. All these things were very encouraging as I now look back and know I would not have made it without prayer. God knows just what you need.
When I think about the many individuals who prayed for me, I am reminded of the Book of Revelation where it speaks about the value of the prayers of the saints.
“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.” Revelation 8:3
I often wonder if the prayers that were prayed for me and the prayers that I have prayed for others will be included in this wonderful offering. One thing is clear: prayer has helped me though some very tough times.
An excerpt from “Let Us Pray”
BY LYLE DUKES