Unlimited: Prayer is the Key
Aug 4, 2021 1121
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7,8).
Prayer is a primary fact of life because the idea that God exists has persisted with the human race throughout history. It is therefore natural for us to pray. Prayer is an expression that we are not self-sufficient, and that we are asking God to help us.
Phillips Brooks, the great preacher who wrote, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” saw a little boy standing on tiptoe, trying to press a buzzer outside the door of a house.
Being a man of great benevolence, Phillips lifted the boy up so he could press the button. Then the boy cried, “Now scoot!” and wriggled out of his arms and scooted. Phillips Brooks was left standing at the door to explain.
Prayer is the key… Prayer is the optic nerve of our spiritual warfare.
Prayer is not pressing the doorbell, then scooting. Prayer is sharing with God. Prayer is listening as well as talking. Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, wherein are stored all the treasures of omnipotence.
The optic nerve is very tiny, but because of it, we can see the sun and the moon and the stars, the faces of those we love, and all the wonders of the earth.
Prayer is the optic nerve of our spiritual nature. Why then, do some sever that nerve it if is to their great and eternal loss? – Des Ford (adapted)
Reflection: How many times have you done what the little boy in Phillips Brooks’ story did? How many times have you rung God’s doorbell and then scooted? I encourage you to leave time to listen to what God might say to you in the midst and at the end of your prayers. Prayer is not a one-way conversation.