Yesterday we looked at the first part of Romans 12:12: be joyful in hope, patient in affliction… Today we will look at the last phrase of that verse:
Be faithful in prayer.
Friends, we are called to pray. Not just when we feel like it, not when it comes to mind. We are to pray faithfully, with passion and purpose. Don’t be deceived – prayer is hard work. My prayer time is one of the most difficult things I do all day. There is so much spiritual opposition when I am praying. Sometimes I’m frustrated and doubtful and distracted and exhausted. Other times I walk away feeling a burden lifted and hope renewed. But, either way, it’s not about how I feel.
I do not understand how prayer works. All I know is that I count it one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to access the throne room of Almighty God and speak to Him about all the worries, needs, and victories of my life. So I pray because I can.
But more than that, I pray because I am commanded to. Over and over, the Bible tells us to pray. From the Old Testament to the New, God invites and commands His people to cry out to Him. I think I’ve made prayer a little too casual sometimes – I need to pray remembering that I am praying to our unfathomable, all-powerful, holy Creator and Savior. I need to pray relentlessly. When was the last time I prayed something raw and uncomfortable? When was the last time I felt disgust when I confessed my sin? When was the last time I fasted because I was so hungry with expectation of what God was going to do? When was the last time my prayers brought me to tears or when I prayed without even using words because I had none?
I’m guilty of being too casual in my prayer life. Truly, I am more comfortable with my notebook open and my coffee next to me than I am sprawled out on the ground facedown before God.
But it’s time for us to step it up. The world has never needed our prayers more than it does at this moment.
So be faithful in prayer.
This doesn’t just mean disciplined. This means to give God no rest (Isaiah 62:7), to pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18), to pray with our emotions and with reverence as Jesus did (Hebrews 5:7), to pray with the deep recognition of our desperate need (Psalm 142:6).
Let us pray first for revival in our own hearts – that God would do a greater work in us. And then let us pray for revival in His church locally and around the world – that the church would hold fast to the truth of God’s Word. And then let us pray for revival in our nation and all around the world – that sinners would see their desperate need of a Savior and call out to our merciful God.
Church, let’s pray faithfully with our hope set fully on the glory of God.
Why not post Romans 12:12 somewhere it will remind you of these simple truths and their profound implications?
– Lauren Marlow
If you missed Part 1 of this devotional, find it HERE.