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The Priority of Prayer

Jesus taught us to pray for God’s kingdom in the earth and to be persistent in approaching our Father. (Matthew 6:6-13; Luke 11:2-13). Prayer is an expression of a relationship with our Father; it is the means that God has given to release His will and works in this age. We understand that our prayer impacts our families, our churches, our communities, and our countries.

The Apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesian church, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” Ephesians 6:18 (NASB95). Today, with access to news and information from around the world, we are more aware of our fellow saints in different countries. We are aware of various needs and aware of those who are enduring persecutions.

Can our prayer in the Spirit have an impact on our brothers and sisters at home and in other parts of the world? The Scriptures indicate this is so. Men and women of faith through the centuries have also held this as true. For prayer is not a luxury; it is a necessity. Our responsibility to pray is because prayer is God’s chosen channel to move through.

The Bible is clear in its instruction that we should care for one another; to pray for those in need, and to pray for those who are furthering the work of Christ. Certainly, if God has placed such a tremendous means of invoking His power into our hands, we then become responsible to devote ourselves to consistent prayer and petition “for all the saints.” May God’s blessing be upon each of us in our prayer lives.

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