“From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God” Jonah 2:1.
REFLECTION Prayer is the most powerful ‘tool’ available to the believer. It is a spiritual ‘tool’ all Christians have but few have mastered. Yet, this ‘tool’ can be effectively used by a child. The key to effective prayer is our relationship with the Lord. The more intimate the relationship, the more effective the prayer. Sin is the greatest hindrance to prayer. As a hindrance it is followed closely by its bedfellow, doubt. On the other hand Faith is Prayer’s bosom friend. Indeed, without faith, we are merely shadow boxing. The disciples were so impressed by Jesus’ prayer life that they urged Jesus to teach them to pray. The passion and petition of a man of prayer is something worth emulating. The impact of such leaves a powerful impression on the mind. There are levels of intensity in this matter of prayer. Intensity in prayer is often fueled by need, and the greater the need, the greater the desperation, and so the greater the urgency and fervor in prayer. In short, our praying in the comfort of our bedroom is not the same as Jonah’s in the belly of the great fish. His circumstances made his prayer more intense, as his life hung in the balance. However, whether you are in a crisis or not, prayer ought to characterize your daily walk with God. The more you practice it, the better you are being equipped for any spiritual emergency. Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the fish demonstrates that reliance on God in desperate times is necessary for deliverance, and that intensity in prayer is always needed, for God honors the faith of the repentant.
PRAYER Lord, help me to pray with greater intensity. Amen
WISDOM Crisis is the great teacher of the art of prayer.