Does Prayer Increase My Faith?
Matthew 6:5-8... But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly...
You may ask, “Why pray? What purpose does God have in mind when urging me to pray? What is God accomplishing in me through prayer?” These are certainly challenges to think about regarding your prayer life. The truth is–––prayer strengthens your daily walk and increases your faith to live for Him.
Prayer is a great privilege that God has given to you through the death of His Son on the cross. When the veil of the temple was rent in two, everyone at that moment had full access to God as a believer (Matthew 27:51). The curtain, then blocking the entrance to the Most Holy of Holies, was open to you and you are now free to enter into the presence of a Holy God. Coming boldly to the throne of God is a great honor and because of Jesus’ extreme sacrifice, we have liberty and freedom to come before Him. What an immense and unsurpassable price He paid for you that you might have the privilege of coming to Him freely in prayer.
Prayer is not a quick list of wants and desires set before you, but it is the humbling of oneself before an Almighty God. It is recognizing His unspeakable gift of grace and compassionate mercy given. Picture the throne room of God in Isaiah 6, “high and lifted up.” Imagine yourself before the throne of God hearing these words, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts.” Would not your faith increase?
As you confess your sin before God, and remember His attributes, give Him praise for His priceless redemption, Be mindful of His awe-inspiring strength, and mighty power to conquer sin and death. When you bow the knee in worship and prayer, inevitably your faith will increase and endure.
Lord, gratitude fills my heart for the great privilege of prayer.