By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
Most people agree that prayer is a positive thing and say that they do it on occasion. After hearing about trouble in others lives we tell them we will pray for them. We even put request on the prayer chains and ask Churches to plea for issues. The truth is that people pray an average of 3 minutes a day. So many will complain about the condition of our government, our country, and how bad our home town has become. Yet, we rarely talk to God about the situation. Or if we do, God gets less time than our microwave. Maybe that is the reason why things are in such bad shape. Could it be that we lack a purpose when we meditate?
The book of James 4:3 mentions being purposeful when you pray: “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” People who are passionate about lost souls, obtaining healing for the sick, and positive change for our community will make prayer a priority. If you have lost souls in your family, God says you have not because you ask not. You may have lost your joy and have no victory in your life, God says you have not because you ask not. Like most people, you may be furious at the politicians in Washington.
However, it may not be the democrats and the republicans completely responsible for the mayhem. The prayerlessness of America could play a major role. Instead of debating gun control, let us call on the name of Jesus every time a school shooting takes place. Maybe there would be less tragedies to fight over. Yes, communication with the Lord is that important.
A new movie out in the theaters calls prayer the War Room. This is the place where battles are won, victories are granted, and changes take place. It is written in 2 Corinthians 10: 4 that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Powerful weapons of prayer, praise, and the Scriptures are at our disposal. These weapons can combat terrorism, school shootings, and evil at the highest levels. At the same time, it can address the everyday situations that we face.
God is looking for someone to stand in the gap and make supplications on behalf of others. Things just do not happen but God answers prayers. It takes someone that will seek the Lord and get his heart concerning the affairs of the world. Knowing him and learning his will is vital in knowing how to pray effectively. Gaining God’s plan and intent will help us to pray with a purpose.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])