“It’s amazing to think that Jesus is praying for us right now and always. The aim of our prayers should be to enter into the divine dialogue that is already taking place. Withe Spirit’s help, we out to seek to listen and then join in by agreeing with what we hear. In this way, prayer draws us into relationship with the Trinity…” Jeremy Jennings
Prayer is all about God – there is nothing that we do, outside of cooperating with Him. Firstly it’s about His presence – Moses in Exodus 33.11 says to God, that Israel will not go if God doesn’t go with them. Moses is desperate for God give them his presence, not just knowledge about himself. In 1 Chronicles 7:14, God’s key instruction in prayer is to “seek his face.” There is no other task or activity that will activate God’s cooperation with us. Or, God does not co-operate with us, we co-operate with him and he wants us to seek his face.
Secondly, God shows his power through weak and desperate people – i.e. the ones who pray. The early disciples had a 10 day & night prayer meeting before the day of Pentecost. The persecuted church in China (and many other nations) has seen tremendous growth and tremendous persecution in the context of desperate prayer. When was the last time that I prayed so desperately that I just would not let go? Have failures to see the answers I wanted discouraged me from continuing to pray? Prayer is not a magic pill to success and power, but it is the only way that God does work in power. Where God is moving powerfully, there has been prayer – people ready to co-operate with what God wants to do.
Imagine a church cancelling everything it did, to pray. If prayer is for us and our benefit, it makes sense that we should pursue God, and not his activities.
Lord, if you’re not coming with us, we’re not going!