Day 8 - The Importance of Prayer
Dr Billy Graham was asked what the three main principles were that made him the most successful modern-day evangelist. He answered that the first one was prayer, the second one was prayer, and the third one was prayer.
When you have your quiet time, you begin talking to God. You listen more than you speak. A lot of us – and I am one of the worst culprits – battle to keep quiet. My wife will undoubtedly confirm this! God gave us two ears and one mouth. We are meant to listen twice as much as we speak.
Prayer is not a grocery list of “Lord, give me, give me, give me …” No, it is a conversation. Have you ever asked God how He is feeling? I believe God gets very lonely, because half of the prayers He has to listen to have nothing to do with Him. It’s all about us! Let’s work on developing a relationship with the Lord instead of using Him as a fire escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
PRAYER: Almighty Father, I am reminded that Jesus, my Savior, did nothing without first speaking to You. Help me to get into the habit of talking to You and developing a relationship with You. Lord, I ask You to help me become a person of prayer. Amen.
The content for this devotional was adapted from "Peace in His Presence" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.