On Sunday afternoon, February 16, 1992, an hour or so after I was saved by God’s amazing grace, there was a nudge upon my soul that I never felt before. It was the call to prayer! Just as instinctive as it is for a newborn to desire milk from his/her mother, so it is with every child of God when it comes to the issue of prayer. There is a longing from deep within to call unto the Lord!
(Psalms 121:1-2) <<A Song of degrees.>> I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. (KJV)
In the twenty five years since my conversion, I am glad to say that the longing for prayer is stronger than it was when I first called upon the Lord. This deepened sense of urgency to pray comes from God and does not originate within me. It is there all the time. Sometimes stronger than at other times, but it is still there, nonetheless. Praise God for the desire to pray!
(Psalms 55:16-17) As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. (KJV)
Is there a desire to pray within your heart? Is there that sense of urgency to cry out unto the Lord? Do you find that when you have prayed there is still the clinging feeling within your breast to spend more time in that quiet meditation? When was the last time you felt that drawing of God’s Holy Spirit to come before the throne of grace? When was the last time you were the only one in the room praying and the room got crowded?
(Psalms 91:1) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (KJV)
Granted, sinfulness in our lives will stifle the compulsive mandate for supplication, but obedience to God’s Word will clear the way to the “secret place of the Most High!” The call to prayer urges us to draw from the nectar of God’s honey hole, and a healthy diet of God’s Word will push us into the player closet. One must do everything within their power to nurture the passion for prayer.
(Jeremiah 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (KJV)
I urge you to search your heart. I implore you to take inventory. I beseech you to explore the deepest realm of your being and contemplate that call to prayer! Be obedient when summoned to the throne of grace. Don’t be late or insincere. Gratify that God-given desire to pray!
(Hebrews 4:15-16) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)
I don’t know about you, but I am thankful for the call to prayer! The craving for prayer must be experienced by taking advantage of the opportunity to speak with the Lord. It is not about fancy words. Even when my vocabulary fails me, I can still pray!
(Romans 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (KJV)