Come Boldly

Many people don’t pray because they feel spiritually weak and undeserving to speak with God. We must not forget that Jesus Christ understands and is compassionate towards our struggles.

In the book of Hebrews, chapter 4, verses 14 to 16, listen to what the Word of God says: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

We’re not called to pray when we’re strong; we’re invited to come to the throne of God when we’re weak. It is God who wants to become our strength.

It’s time to pray.

Teach us to Pray

In the gospel of Luke, chapter 11, Jesus was teaching us how to pray. He used the illustration of a man coming to his friend’s house saying, “Someone at midnight had come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.” And he says even though he won’t rise because he’s his friend, yet because of his insistence, he will rise and give him as much as he needs.

Jesus says, “I say to you: Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

My friend, it’s midnight. It’s a darkened time. It’s a difficult time. It’s a time of struggle and trial and distress in our culture, and people are coming our way. You and I need something to set before them. We have to go to the throne of God and say, “God, You have what I need.”

It’s time to pray.

Glory of the Lord

2 Chronicles chapter 5, verses 13 and 14: “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”

I believe that they glory of the Lord can fill the house of God again. Jesus stood in a place of death in the New Testament and said, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?” I believe that through prayer we can ask God to call our dead situations in this life and society back to life again.

It is time to pray.

Stealing the Future

The gospel of Mark, chapter 11 verses 15-17 says, “They came to Jerusalem, and Jesus went into the temple and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But you have made it a den of thieves.”

The house of God had become a causal place. People had forgotten that it that it was in the heart of God to answer prayer—to give freedom, deliverance, and victory to those who would come and call out to Him in sincerity and in truth. Is it not true that when we stop praying, we steal the future from our children? Think about these things, my friend.

And it’s time for you and I to pray again.

Delivered Out of Distress

Psalm 107 tells you and me some incredible things about prayer. First and foremost, is that you and I can pray wherever we are. When you read through this Psalm, you’ll see that people who were in the city—those who were alone, lonely, finding no place, hungry, thirsty, whose soul was fainting in them—cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.

It speaks about those who were alone at home, sitting in darkness. They began to cry out to God, and God delivered them out of their distresses. Those who were sitting in church, perhaps, who had rebelled against the words of God and found themselves sitting in darkness, cried—and He sent His Word to them and healed them. Those who were in the workplace not knowing how they were going to get through their difficulty began to cry, and God delivered them out of their distresses. The beauty of it is that you can pray wherever you are!

It’s time to pray.

Divine Blessings

Psalm 40 tells us about the amazing victory that God is willing to give us when we pray. Listen to these incredible words: “I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined unto me and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of a horrible pit out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings. And He has put a new song in my mouth. Even praise to our God; many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust and respects not the proud nor such as turn aside to lies.”

God promises us freedom from living under a sense of hopelessness. He will give us strength, gladness, direction, and confidence that He will turn the hearts of many to God in troubled times. And He promises a divine blessing which is not available to those who reject God and love falsehood.

Oh, my beloved brother and sister, it is time to pray.