By Kyle Patterson
I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of lovewith those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:4-6
If we only realized how desperate and hopeless we are without God’s grace and strength, we would not cease to pray. Yet, we think we are okay in ourselves, so we continue on in our own strength. What a blessing it is when God shows us our own misery and desperation for him. It is when we realize our need for God that we look to him alone as the Source of every good thing. S
Prayer is not so much for the results and the answers as it is first and foremost our direct communion with God through Jesus Christ and he alone is the chief end of all prayer. To know him alone is the greatest gift and goal of prayer.
Yet at the same time it is the primary way God accomplished his ongoing plan of salvation for all men everywhere. So to not expect answers to prayer is less than what God would expect of us. Yet to empty oneself of our own plans and dreams and to take his alone, is the essential exchange we must experience.
God works through humble people on their knees. Humble, broken people realize their need for prayer and it is through them that God makes his power known.
Paul the Apostle wrote of this truth that our all powerful God has chosen to make his power known through unlikely means when he wrote,
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,” 1 Corinthians 1:27-28
Prayer is for the weak. Prayer is for those “foolish” enough in the world’s eyes to realize their own brokenness and desperation for God and their own inadequacy in themselves. Only then will we really pray because only then will we realize our need for a Savior who still hears and answers prayer.