Focus: Armor of God (Prayer)
I read a devotional today that said that we often overlook one of the "aspects of our spiritual armor: prayer". So true a statement is this that Paul makes in his letter to the Ephesians. I certainly agree with the perspective of this devotional as long as we do not follow prayer ONLY as our approach. This is consistent with the author's point. Like faith without works is dead, so is prayer without study. To many, prayer is a supplication or request of God. It is so much more! It is praise, thanksgiving, and even worship. Too many of us treat God like a short-order cook! We want ham on rye bread toasted with mayo, lettuce, salt, pepper, and one slice of tomato, but put the tomato on the side! Our requests can be specific, but are they thoughtful and prayerful? To every miracle in the Bible, there is a component of human action so that God multiplies that to which we have first been obedient! Studying and spending time with the Lord increases our awareness and our knowledge about the Will of God. In Hebrews, Paul says that God said that it was impossible to please God without faith. He added that we must know that God is (the object of our faith) AND that He is a Rewarder of those who "diligently" seek Him! To pray to God shows faith because otherwise if He does not exist, then why do you pray? Therefore, what must also be added to any statement about prayer is the second part of Hebrews 11:6 - diligently seeking. The WORD says the the fervent and effectual prayer of the righteous avails much! The "fervent and effectual" is consistent with the second part of Heb 11:6. We must seek after God in study and spending time with Him, not just pray. I am not saying that the author was wrong. I am only adding what I believe needs to be in the same thought as prayer - what we do that God multiplies. This in turn changes how and for what we pray! We have power and there is power in prayer, but if all we are going to do is pray, we may not understand God's answer. Praise Him!