As I continue this series of messages on the spiritual “values” we affirm at Martinsburg Church of Bruin, my message today is on the value of “Prayer”. Simply put, prayer is communion (conversation) with God. Our God is a personal God and he wants to hear the prayers of His children. The Bible says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thes.5:16-18).” Our God is a personal God, so we can all pray (converse) with Him.
It’s important to understand, that prayer to God is only for the believer. Those outside of Christ remain alienated from God, because they have not yet confessed their sins and received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Bible speaks very clearly on this: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23); the wages (penalty) of sin is death (spiritual and physical), but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).” The only prayer God hears from one outside of Christ, is that person’s prayer for the forgiveness of their sin and receiving Christ as Savior and Lord of their life. The Bible says, “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10: 9-10).”
As believers, we pray because we recognize our dependence upon our Creator God. Apart from the rest of Creation, God imparted to mankind the ability to know him. We know this to be true, because God breathed His breath of life into the very nostrils of the first man, Adam (Genesis 2:7). We know this to be true, because God created us in His own image, thereby imparting to us not only physical life, but spiritual life, as well (Genesis 1:27).” A living and everlasting spirit lives within every human being.
God hears and answers prayer based on Christ’s payment of the penalty which all sinners deserve (Romans 3:23; 6:23). Because of Christ’s payment for our sins at Calvary, God will hear the prayer of the believer.
Prayer has power over everything and prayer does make a difference: “And when they (Peter and John) prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31).” When Paul and Silas were in prison, they prayed and sang hymns, …and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed (Acts 16:25)”.
Prayer does make a difference, my friends, and God does surely answer! God Bless.