Why We Need to Pray – by Desmond Ford
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- Dr Desmond Ford
Feb 23, 2016 2524
If there is a loving heavenly Father − and we need not doubt that until rocks rush to form a Taj Mahal or computers without fingers or electricity can churn out a Bible − he would want to talk to us. Because talking must always be a two-way street, all the great characters of the Bible were praying people. Abraham, Elijah, Jeremiah – all the prophets − Samuel, Hannah, Peter, and Paul, were all praying people. No wonder then that the Bible talks about prayer 350 times.
What, then, is prayer? Prayer is need finding a voice. Prayer is embarrassment looking for relief. It is the slipping through an open door to find our best Friend in the universe. (Remember, if we lived under the constant benediction of the supreme fact of the universe that God is love, our lives would be in constant peace.)
Prayer is slipping through a door that God has opened. Prayer is spilling out the heart. Prayer is telling God what upsets us, what concerns us. It’s telling God when we’re grateful for his help, when we need his guidance, when we want his forgiveness, when we’ve been stupid and fearful and anxious. And when we’ve messed everything up. Prayer is the little child going to the father and spilling it all out.
A Russian peasant said of prayer, “I lean my elbows on the windowsill and I look at him and he looks at me.” Prayer is a sharing.
Phillips Brooks, the great preacher who wrote, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” saw a little boy standing on tiptoe, trying to press a buzzer outside the door of a house. Being a man of great kindness, Phillips lifted the boy up so he could press the button. Then the boy cried, “Now scoot!” and wriggled out of his arms and scooted. Phillips Brooks was left standing at the door to explain.
Prayer is not pressing the doorbell, then scooting. Prayer is listening as well as talking. Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, wherein are stored all the treasures of omnipotence.
− Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “The Marvel and Mystery of Prayer – Part 1.”