by Dr. Regina Campbell
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Mother Teresa encourages one that the focus of prayer is not asking but simply putting oneself in God’s hands so that God’s will resonates in one’s inner spirit and disposition. I often thought the main purpose of pray was simply to ask but it is more than asking it is about releasing oneself safely in God’s hands. To release oneself it will take trust and faith. It means coming to God in prayer with an open mind and spirit in where if God determines to respond differently than what you desire or expect you are willing to accept God’s decision. You are willing with humility to accept God’s sovereign will.
Prayer is about aligning oneself up with the will of God. When you pray there is a tendency to focus solely on what you desire and want and not God’s will. Earnest prayer is to ask and solicit God’s will. It’s not imposing your will on God and becoming discouraged if God chooses to say no or not yet.
In addition prayer strengthens one’s faith. One’s faith is weakened when facing a multiplicity of debilitating circumstances over a period of time. When you face constant challenges and it seems like God isn’t listening be assured God is listening. Therefore prayer becomes essential to a believer’s faith. Prayer not only strengthens your faith it also draws you closer to God. According to the written scriptures one must draw to God and God will draw nigh to you. As a result of prayer it positions you to have an intimate relationship with Gods. As you grow in your relationship with God then you are likely to become spiritually mature.
Prayer is imperative as there is no substitute for prayer!!!!