“I pray also for those who will believe in me…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me, and I am in you.”John 17:20-21
John 17 records what we know as the longest of Jesus’ prayers. I have always found it remarkable that Jesus needed to get away and pray. He was the Son of God who came to earth to die, be resurrected, and become the Savior of all mankind. Yet He took time to pray. He prays for Himself, then for His disciples, and finally for all believers of all times. Think of it: Jesus was praying for you and me!
Every Christian needs to pray. It is in this way that we draw nearer to the Lord and see our will align with His. It is during our time spent communicating with God that we receive strength and courage to take the love of Jesus to our broken world. Through prayer we grow stronger spiritually.
Take time to pray for the needs of others. None of us has a shortage of friends or family members to pray for! Then, if possible, “put feet” to your prayers by going to help or encourage those you pray for. The hard work of prayer will become less of a chore and more of a joy as you talk often with your loving Father and Creator.
Prayer is hard work, but it must be an integral part of our daily living.