Today's scripture: Colossians 4:2-4
Prayer is one of the greatest gifts and one of the greatest mysteries for
It's a greatest gift because, through prayer, we can talk with our triune
God—Father, Son, and Spirit.
Through prayer, we can praise Him for His blessings. We can praise Him for His
attributes. We can praise Him for His work in our lives.
Through prayer, we can thank Him for provision, for healing, for protection.
Through prayer, we can intercede on behalf of our friends and family.
Through prayer, we can make requests, asking for the desires of our heart.
But prayer is also a great mystery. If God knows everything—and He does—and if
He has a plan in place for each of us—and He does—then why do we bother
Well, part of prayer, as I mentioned, is our praising Him. Our glorifying Him.
Our acknowledging that He is God.
What about making requests, though? How can my asking for something have any
affect if God already knows the big picture? You know something? I don't really
know the answer. I do know, however, that we're commanded to pray. I do know
that time spent in prayer brings me closer to my Lord. My focus is on Him and
His will. When I do pray for something, I always ask for it according to His
And I do believe that God brings desires to my heart that come directly from
Him, so when I pray for them, I'm praying for His desires for me.
Prayer also leads to trust. If I trust God to care for me and provide for me, I
can trust Him to answer prayers according to His will. Prayer also helps make
us more patient because, even though He may answer "yes" or
"no" right away, often times He asks us to "wait."
I may not always understand how God does what He does, and I may not have a
full understanding of how prayer works. But one thing I do know. Prayer does work.