Devotional writer S. D. Gordon said: “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray. It is not the only thing. But it is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray-not those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor those who can explain about prayer; but those who take time to pray.”
Corrie ten Boom’s family hid Jews in Holland during World War II. She was placed in the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp for her actions. After being released near the end of the war, she traveled the world sharing her testimony for Christ for over four decades. She believed her ministry was sustained by praying and she said, “When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians the devil smiles. When a Christian stops reading the Bible, the devil laughs. When a Christian stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.”
Here are some scriptural insights on praying effectively:
- Pray thankfully. The Psalmist reminds us to “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise: (Psalm 100:4)
- Pray unceasingly. The apostle Paul noted he felt the need to pray night and day. I Thessalonians encourages Christians to pray continually.
- Pray earnestly. The apostle James reminds us that “the earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results”. James 5:16
- Pray practically. We are to pray about everyday affairs. All of life is lived under God’s watchful eye. Nothing is too small to bring to his attention.
- Pray specifically. Life a rifle scope that takes pinpoint aim at the target should be our requests to God. Specific prayers get specific results.