Oswald Chambers wrote, "Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work". Over the last year I have found this to be true I have found myself treasuring all the more my time in private speaking to my Heavenly Father. Whilst I have seen God's grace in many answered prayers I have found the communion with God in prayer as precious as the answers.
When you read of how Jesus would pray (Luke 5:16, Mark 1:35) you see He would often take Himself away and pray. He also would rise early in the morning to do so and make sure He had taken time to be with His Father before significant events in His ministry. At the beginning of the New Year we can learn from Jesus' example, because if the Son of God felt the need and desire to spend time alone with His Father then how much more do we.
Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours a day in prayer". I’m not sure how busy 2018 looks to you, whether you have big things planned. Perhaps you’re changing your job or are a planning to move house. Maybe it’s your final year at university. Whatever lies ahead, I would love to encourage you to make 2018 the year you decide to make prayer a priority in your life.
We begin this year with our church being encouraged to meet together on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm to seek God's face together. Our usual weekly gatherings are encouraged to postpone meeting in January to make a special effort to come along to these Thursday meetings.
I truly believe when we make the time and show God we desire to be in His presence, to seek His will and heart for ourselves and our church, He will respond. Let's make 2018 a year where we seek God both in private and together as a church.
"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference" (Max Lucado).