by Aleta Kay
I have written many articles about the family and marriage, the role of women in the family. But this is the most important thing you can do: pray. I don’t mean just say a few quick words and be on your way. I mean earnest, heartfelt prayer that pleads on behalf of others. Prayer is words and words have power.
God used words to speak everything into existence. God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden before the devil came in and caused a separation between God and man. God wants our fellowship. He longs to communicate with us as a father does his children.
Prayer is two-way communication. It takes practice to have effective prayer because it takes time for us to be still long enough to listen for, and hear God’s voice. It’s not an audible voice. It’s like a thought or phrase that answers something you’ve been asking for, or a scripture verse long forgotten that suddenly comes to mind. God is a gentleman and never speaks loudly (unless He is very angry). The Bible tells us to "be still and know that I am God." (Psalms 46:10)
The Bible has a lot to say about prayer. Jesus spent much time in prayer. He had to keep in communication with his Father. He prayed for his disciples, that they would not falter or waiver in their faith. He prayed for all of those that he would come in contact with, that they would receive his message and be saved from the pits of hell. He prayed that they would receive the healing that would come through him. He prayed for the sisters of Lazarus when word came that he had died. Jesus knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead but it still grieved him that his friend had died and that his sisters were heartbroken. Finally, he prayed for his own strength, that he might continue to do the works of his Father.
In my next blog I will talk more about how to pray. We are in a spiritual battle.