The Observations today will be short but needful; maybe I should say, a needful reminder.
Prayer and communion with God is needful for today’s Christian. Some may believe that prayer and communion with God is the same, but let me show you what I believe to be a difference. I believe you can pray without communion with God; but maybe then, that would not be prayer. However, I don’t believe you can have communion with God without prayer. Communion is having an intimate relationship with the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a world of prayer going on that is not directed to the God who created all things; the Father of Jesus Christ; therefore are not in communion with God.
Meanwhile, back to the topic of prayer. Jesus prayed. He spent nights in prayer,
“And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12 (KJV)
Jesus had just healed a man whose hand was withered, and on the sabbath day. There were scribes and Pharisees who were angry, even mad (v. 11), because of this “heinous” act of healing. In the days following Jesus went to pray. That doesn’t mean that He never prayed before this, but that He went away for a time to pray.
I want to confess to you that I do not pray as oft, in this way, that I should. My praying is mostly when I am listening to God speak as I read His Word, and as I go about through each day. There are times we need to spend great amounts of time in prayer with God.
Just as Jesus went to a mountain to pray. To a specific place – a mountain – so too do you and I need to have a time and place to pray unto God who created all things. I want to be specific about that. God, YHWH [YaHWeH], or Jehovah is the God of creation, of heaven, of Jesus Christ. He has a Son, and His name is Jesus. Praying to anyone else is fruitless speaking to oneself.
Spend time with GOD in prayer. With our world seeing the chaos, catastrophic events, mass death and destruction happening we need to pray as we have never prayed before. We need to pray that many of the people who are survivors of these cataclysmic events will trust in the LORD with all their hearts, believe in Jesus Christ and receive eternal life in Him. We need to pray for encouragement of those who are aiding these people; and the searchers who are looking for those still trapped beneath all the rubble. Than cannot be an easy, or non troubling task. Most of all we need to pray for the coming of Christ to put an end to the reign of Satan on earth.
Join me in prayer.
-Tim A. Blankenship