Proverbs 15:8 “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.”
What is the nearest thing to God’s heart? Is it salvation? Surely it is the pinnacle as Jesus given as our sacrifice. There is nothing that can compare to the redemption of humanity. But next to that, this author believes that prayer comes a close second. Here is why.
Matthew 27:50-52 “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,”
As soon as Jesus had ‘yielded up the ghost,’ the next recorded event was the Holy of Holies was now exposed to the common man. Previously, only the high priest could enter once a year for the atonement of sins for the people.
By the tearing of the veil, God signified that access to Him was now open to everyone through Jesus Christ, who had paid the price. Prayer lifted second only to salvation.
As with any relationship, communication is elemental. Without it, the relationship will fall into disrepair and become distant. Most relationships cannot sustain such a distance for long. So, the practice of regular communication is needed.
Sometimes, situations and circumstances arise that precipitate setting time aside to solely focus on the problem at hand and devote the time needed to process through to resolution.
Luke 6:12 “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Jesus was about to choose the twelve men that would continue with Him to the end.
The choice isn’t light or flippant.
These men would endure hardship and sacrifice.
They would undergo extreme spiritual warfare and come face to face with demon-possessed people.
Do we apply the same principle to the major decisions in our life? Choosing a spouse, or our life’s vocation are but two of the many essential choices in a person’s life. Yet, do we spend a more significant portion of time devoted to seeking God’s wisdom and guidance?
Jesus did. Are we not to follow His example?
John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”
1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
Prayer is one of the first things to be compromised in the child of God’s life. How subtly it slips from one time to days and even weeks. We must hold its importance and priority highly to the place we schedule and keep it.
I had to confess many times the neglect that had entered when I deemed life too busy to pray. It is then that we must stop and say, “Life is too busy; I must pray to see what God holds as a priority in my life.”
As we enter this weekend, let us not forsake our time together with the Lord. Then, set aside a particular time when we have an extended time with Him.