“The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” –James 5:16b
Some of our friends are dairy farmers and they are letting me and my sister raise two of their calves. It has been such a neat and fun experience! One of the calves used to be REALLY stubborn. My sister would try to walk her around to break her in, but the calf would not budge. Just when my sister would finally get her to stand up, the calf would plop down on her side in the mud and refuse to move. It was pretty comical. As I was thinking about the calf, God reminded me how stubborn I can be. There are so many times that I think I’ve got everything under control…and believe me…I don’t. I try to take care of my life, and when it falls apart, I completely forget to call out to God.
Prayer—it is the strongest weapon that we all somehow manage to forget about. How can we keep it from being a last resort?
The Bible says that we are supposed to pray without ceasing—to be in constant communion with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We need to keep Christ the focus of our lives instead of the “little things” that sometimes “get in the way.” Yes, I know. Life gets busy. But I have yet to find a time that I’ve been too busy to pray.
Prayer is the last element mentioned in the passage on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:18). We are given the armor of God—we just need to use it. Verse 11 of Ephesians 6 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Through prayer, we can stand against the devil and his schemes. Having prayer available and not using it is like having a lifejacket in the middle of the ocean but not using it. Prayer is valuable and should be used not only when we are drowning in life’s troubles, but also when life is going great.
So…join me in getting rid of my stubbornness, and let’s realize that we can’t do it on our own. Our Savior wants to be there with us to help us—we need to cry out to Him and ask (Matthew 21:22). Let’s start praying!