They tell me Lord that when I pray
Only one voice is heard;
That I am dreaming, You’re not there,
This whole thing is absurd.
Maybe they’re right, Lord, maybe they’re right;
Only one voice is heard.
But if only one voice is heard,
Lord, it’s not mine, it’s your voice.
I’m not dreaming; you’re the dreamer
And I am your dream.
– C. S. Lewis (Letters to Malcom)
Have you ever wondered why we pray? Maybe you’ve pondered the question of what prayer even means. Whether you have or haven’t, take a moment to think of this question, why does God call us to pray?
For a lot of us, prayer is that privilege some people have of asking God whatever they want and He grants it. The holier you are, the more likely it is for your prayer to be answered.
For others, prayer is a talking to one’s self in a daze or dream, as C. S. Lewis was accused of doing; no one is really there listening.
To some others, prayer is a last resort. When all else fails, I’ll try God. He’s my last hope.
The apostle Paul encouraged the Christians in Thessalonica to
…rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB.
In this next series of posts, I want to look at prayer and its importance in the Christian life. What is it, why is it required, how should we pray and what should we pray for? To do that, we will look at prayers recorded in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. We will also be looking at prayers of Godly men and women who lived in more recent times. Finally, we will look at the different types of prayer: prayers of thanksgiving, prayers in tough circumstances, unanswered prayers, empty prayers, prayers in anguish.
I haven’t yet worked out the order in which I will be posting about these topics. My aim is to post as often as I can so that we don’t lose connection and the theme remains fresh from post to post. Please pray for me as I prepare these.
May God bless you.