Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ NKJV
In the modern Christian world I see a significant decrease in the emphasis of the importance and power of prayer. I had a man tell me once that prayer was a waste of time because God was going to do what He was going to do whether we pray or not. If that is completely true then I find the many directives to prayer in the Bible incredibly misleading and almost sadistic and that is not an image I can allow of God or the Bible. If prayer has no importance there would not be so many references to it and examples of the benefits of it in the Bible. I have experienced the power and purpose of prayer so if that is your theory you came too late to convince me.
Here we find an incredible INVITATION from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to CALL UPON HIM (Pray). In the natural you would never go into the presence of a king or potentate without invitation. That is equally true with God but He has repeatedly issued the INVITATION to pray and as Paul said we can come ‘boldly to the throne of grace…’ WHY? Because He has extended an open invitation to do so and that is astounding! God has invited us to come whenever into His presence and ‘ask’.
We not only have an invitation but a PROMISE that He will answer us. In 1 John 5:14-15 we read, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” That is beyond amazing it is revolutionary and causes me to wonder why we too infrequently practice it or believe it. We have been invited into the presence of GOD ALMIGHTY and He has promised to ANSWER us when we call. If that won’t stir your heart I don’t know what will.
Then He goes even further beyond the invitation and promise to answer and declares that He will REVEAL to us great and mighty things that we do not know. Imagine that, God is going to let us in on the secrets of life and show us things that we could otherwise not know. The Bible says that God will do nothing except He reveal it first to His prophets and here we find that He is promising to pull back the curtain of life and allow us to know that which we do not now know. God wants to give us knowledge, information, and revelation to enable us to walk unimpeded and triumphant in life as we pursue His purposes.
So I would challenge you to renew your commitment and practice of prayer and see what God does in your life. I believe you will be amazed and quite pleased with the outcome. May the Lord be with you as you go through this day!