Jesus was very busy His final week before He endured the Cross. He knew that a series of events had been set in motion. And, His teachings the last few days of His ministry became very clear, concise, and even sharp.
Difficult times were coming. He had seen it, and no one was prepared for it. The only way they could prepare was with prayer. Jesus encouraging people to pray was a common message during the week. He knew that only by prayer would they remain strong and faithful
Luke 21:34-36 (NLT) “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape…
It’s just too easy to get lost in the noise of life. The daily grind can easily blind us to the larger reality of eternity and God’s timing. It’s like putting your head down to focus on walking or working. You later lift your head and find more time than expected has passed. And, you may find yourself in an unfamiliar place.
Prayer is how we keep our eyes and thoughts on the larger reality. Prayer is a way to see what God is doing. It is also a way to take hold of God’s Promise. Prayer helps us let go of lesser things in order to grasp worthy promises.
When we pray more, we are able to put what is happening to us in perspective. We are also able to fuel the growth of God’s Spirit within us.
And make no mistake, the unbelieving world is in trouble. Prayer helps us to deliver everyone possible from its destructive path.
So pray today. Pray that we won’t get distracted. Pray that people will come to trust and follow Jesus. And, pray that spiritual awakening and the power of God’s Spirit will rest upon us.
The world needs a powerful Christianity and prayer is the only path into it.