Today’s Reading: Ezra 10:1-44 (additional reading: Psalm 31:9-18 and Proverbs 21:3)
“Now while Ezra was praying, and while he was confessing, weeping, and bowing down before the house of God, a very large assembly of men, women, and children gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept very bitterly.”
Ezra was a disciplined student of God’s law. He was qualified to teach, preach, and interpret the Scripture. However, Ezra knew there was more, and no one could teach him how to pray. Ezra understood that his strength and resources came from God. Moreover, he had to rely upon his Maker for help and change. He knew God could change, people, the atmosphere and situations. There comes a time when a person just has to cry out to the Lord.
There are at least three types of prayer.
1) The crisis prayer. (Trouble, sickness, or general problems.),
2) The ministry prayer. ( Prayer team, prayer line, prayer room, to know God’s plan) and
3) The heart of everything we do prayer.
An example of the heart of everything prayer can be found in Matthew 6:5-8. Prayer isn’t:
1. Prayer isn’t about you, and your pains.
2. Prayer isn’t for a few so-called spiritual people.
Prayer should motivate us to believe for the lost and Prayer will give us a burden for the community. Prayer should be specific. (We begin by asking Jesus for a neighbourhood, claim one certain area). Prayer stirs us and makes us grow. John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
There is a difference between praying just because we want something and prayer being part of our life. I often liken it to compound interest. If you put £2 under your bed every day and then at the end of 10 years take it to the bank you will have £7300, but if you took £2 each day to the bank for 10 years you would have more because you would keep developing interest and even your interest would make interest.
Something similar happens with prayer – when we make prayer a part of our life, we start to pray from our hearts with a much stronger prayer life. Ezra wasn’t praying just because he needed something, his prayers were so powerful but he was a man of prayer. How is your prayer life today? Now is the time to start developing it.
Do you believe in the power of prayer?
How is your prayer life?
Father, Thank You for prayer! The power of prayer and the blessing of being able to have a daily relationship with You. Help us to develop our prayer lives and to talk with You often. In Jesus’ name, Amen