"Golf Seven, This Is Mike Six, Over"

© E. E. Perry 2001
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18).

Communications. Without it, a soldier would become lost and on his own. Any time a squad or team goes out on patrol, they carry a radio with them. The radio allows the patrol to stay in contact with headquarters. Should they run into trouble or become disoriented, communications gets them the help they need.

Soldiers don't leave camp without a radio; yet, many Christians go through life without much communication to their heavenly headquarters. They head off without communicating their intentions to God.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He presented to them the model prayer (Luke 11:2-4). Jesus gave them the outline for prayer.

  1. Praise and give thanks to God.
  2. Request needs to be met.
  3. Request forgiveness.
  4. Request guidance.

Does this mean that every time we pray, we must pray in that manner for God to hear? No, the prayer Jesus presented was only a guide. The point He was trying to make was that our prayers do not have to be long, eloquent dissertations. Prayer is a conversation with God. We speak to God, and He speaks to us through the Holy Spirit.

Paul urged the Ephesians to pray on all occasions. Paul knew prayer was essential to the Christian life. In another epistle, Paul urges us to "pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Without prayer, we are soldiers who have lost connection with our Commander.

Jesus often went alone into the mountains to pray. In the mountains, He could get away from the crowds and receive direction from His Father. If Jesus had to take time to pray, I think we should do the same. Jesus got away to spend time alone in prayer. These can be the greatest and most important times to pray. Being alone in prayer with God, we can better hear what He has to say.

Community prayer is important, too. We read of the early church gathering daily to pray together. In unity, they brought their request before God.

Whether as a group or as individuals, we need to pray. Prayer should become as natural to us as walking. Without prayer, we will become lost in our Christian walk through life. Only through prayer can we find the path.

All scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.

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