Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger and dispute. – 1 Timothy 2:8
As people, we need connection. We need an ability in which to communicate with each other and even the world around us. We thrive on it, and without it we can quite literally go crazy. If you’ve ever spent time with someone who has been to any sort of prison and been locked in solitary confinement they can explain the pains of being alone, and without anyone to communicate with. It’s not a healthy place.
Prayer is our communication pipeline to God. It’s a means to feed our personal relationship with Him. Beyond that though, it fills and rejuvenates us.
I was texting with a great friend last night who abruptly asked me to pray for him, as he was about to speak to another friend going through a tough situation. I did, and I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then the cool part happened, that really spoke to me. He later texted back saying the friend didn’t answer the phone but he had spent a bit of time in prayer and how excited and amazing it was… just his time praying, speaking and pouring his heart out to God. That is what it is all about. Prayer gives us that time to recharge, and continue to be filled by God.
There’s an old worship song, “Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” by a man named Keith Green. The words of the 2nd verse of the song remind me of what it’s like to know the joy of the Lord through prayer and time with Him…
“Oh Lord, please light the fire that once burned bright and clear. Replace the lamp of my first love that burns with holy fear. I wanna take your word and shine it all around, but first, help me just to live it, Lord. And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown, for my reward is giving glory to You.”
When I spend time praying, that fire that Christ lit inside me burns brighter and brighter. The joy of my salvation overflows and just wants to pour out. That excitement and holy fear of the Lord is empowered.