THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER
BIBLE READING: JAMES 5:16; 1TIMOTHY 2:1; LUKE 19:46
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.” 1Samuel 12:23 (NKJV).
One of the general callings or ministries of all believers is the ministry of prayer. This is so important that the call to pray is even higher than the call to preach. The Preaching Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ lasted only three and a half years during His Earthly Ministry. However, His Ministry of Intercession is still ongoing even after almost two thousand years:
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Heb.7:25). If Jesus placed such a high priority on prayer, we have no reason to relegate such a crucial ministry to the background at the expense of anything else (see Rom.8:34).
Prayer is communion with God. It is the most direct hotline to His Throne room (see Heb.4:16). Prayer is the Earthly Licence for Heavenly Intervention. The bottom line is that anyone who claims to have a ministry without being a person of prayer never had a ministry to begin with. For instance, the ministry of the prophet, which involves being God’s Mouthpiece to man, is impossible without prayer. This is so serious that the very first Biblical mention of the terms “prophet” and “pray” appear in the same verse of Scripture (see Gen.20:7). When you consider the fact that even though not all believers are called into the Prophetic Office but all believers are called to be prophetic, the importance of having a prayer life becomes all the more evident.
The Ministry of Prayer in the life of every Christian can never be overemphasized. When purging the Temple during His Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus Christ confronted the merchants with Holy Indignation: And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My House shall be called a House of Prayer,’ but you have made it ‘a den of thieves.’ ” (Matt.21:13).
We as believers are the House of the Lord and this House is called “a House of Prayer”. Neglecting your call to prayer undermines whatever ministry you think you may have. Failure to pray turns one into prey for satan and anything can happen. Never forget that a casual approach towards the Ministry of Prayer makes casualties of us.
Heavenly Father, we humbly repent of our gross negligence towards the Ministry of Prayer. Grant us the grace, O Lord, to continue in prayer until He comes again in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.