A few days ago I posted a 'picture quote' of Facebook, it read: "Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?"
Sometimes its easy, for well-meaning Christians to talk more about a particular problem with friends, than to take it to the Lord. Still, if we are going to 'talk' about our problems and trials, Jesus needs to be the first one we tell. He is always right there and He knows exactly what we need.
Prayer is so important and it has become one of the greatest joys I have in my life. I know that when no one else is there, Jesus is, and He is ready and willing to listen to my cries and concerns. Let me tell you about a dream I had years ago:
I dreamed I was walking down a beautiful road that was curved and atop a very large, sloping summit. At the end of this road, there was a long pathway, lined with trees. As I walked, it seemed to narrow, till it reached a very large and prominent home.
As I approached the home, large wooden doors opened wide. At ease and most curious, I walked inside. The foyer was ample and had a sign that hung between two more, immense doors. The one door was very large and ornate, while the other was smaller, almost angled and much more simple. The sign between them read, "The House of Prayer."
I wanted to know what was behind each door and for a moment I lingered, wondering which I should open first. Unexpectedly, a person robed in white, with a quiet and most peaceful voice stated, "Follow me."
I asked my guide, "What are they all doing and why?" He very simply said, "They are not true apostles, they lie going about their work and they try to disguise themselves to look like Christ the Lord!" He then walked towards the door to leave the room and I quickly followed.
Later I remembered these verses in God's Word:
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Back in the foyer he asked me, "Would you like to go into the next room?" In my heart I felt drawn to enter the other room, even though "my brain was questioning what could be in it, however, I quickly answered, "Yes, I most certainly do!"
As he opened the second door, it seemed like an upper dormer or attic like door and room, with a sloping ceiling. The room was also missing the back wall and it looked out into the sky. There were very few people and those that were there, were weeping and crying, when my guide quickly joined them I knew instantly they were praying to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the living God.
I couldn't see his face but he motioned with his hand and I walked towards the front of the room where there was no wall. He took my hand and with his other hand he motioned it downwards for me to look at what He was seeing.
As, I gazed out into the sky, my eyes shifted down to the earth. I could see so many, many people and although I didn't really know them, my heart seem to know their hearts as he pointed towards them. They were souls, that were lonely, bound, meek, brokenhearted and captives that needed the good news of liberty in Jesus Christ.
In his bright and shining robes, I could see him peering over the earth and I heard him asking the world, "Who will pray for my lambs?"
It all seemed so much to take in, and then my guide took my hand and we walked over to the few, that were there and we began to pray... and I woke up, my dream had ended.
This portion of the Bible became one that is very close to my heart, since I had that dream. I can almost feel the healing power that comes forth from Gods Word in these verses:
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach the good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3
This is why prayer is so important to me, for in that little room I learned how valuable our prayers are to this broken and grieving world. There are people who need healing, they need love, caring and kindness. Most of all, they need Jesus!
If I saw the person, I would ask about the need, and we would talk about it, but without meaning to, I would forget it, once we parted.
We are a privileged people who can come and boldly ask whatever the need may be. This is because our Lord Jesus Christ, died upon the cross, renting the veil that separated us and God! We need to seek God and we need to pray always!
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
It is wonderful to have a friend that you can confide in and share your problems with. However, we have another friend who is our burden bearer and a lover of our soul. He is always there to hear our cries and concerns. God's Word states: A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (His name is Jesus) Proverbs 18:24
My friend, Jesus is waiting to hear from you today!