Ephesians 6:18 encourages us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Billy Graham said “Prayer is a two-way conversation; it is our talking to God, and his talking to us. As Christians, we have a heavenly Father who hears and answers prayer. Jesus said, “All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” We cannot afford to be too busy to pray, A prayer-less Christian is a powerless Christian. Jesus Christ spent many hours in prayer. If he felt that he had to pray, how much more do we need to pray?
The New Testament story of the Samaritan adds dimension to this encouragement in Luke 10: 33-37. The Samaritan goes above and beyond in helping a man who fell among robbers. Jesus said that he proved to be the neighbor by showing mercy and says to us “You go and do likewise.”
Proverbs 3:28 also says “Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it’ – when you have it with you.”
It seems clear that our prayers should be paired with action. As a community, we need to pray ceaselessly and then we need to act. We should not just be in love with ideas but we should follow through with giving. Last week at the InspirED convention JKCS teachers transformed prayer and thoughts into maps for action which will serve to nurture the prayers and actions of our students.
By Paul Tigchelaar