A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Thursday, May 1st marks the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, a day set aside to remind ourselves and the nation of the importance of prayer. It seems ironic, and sad, that the value of prayer would be something that we need to be reminded because we are prone to neglect it.
The necessity and nature of true pray is defined for us in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus displayed the priority of prayer by going off alone to be with the Father at the end of a busy day. On one of those occasions, one of the disciples observes Jesus praying and when He is done states, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Jesus responded by laying out The Lord’s Prayer or more accurately the Disciples’ Prayer. Not only does Jesus establish the necessity of prayer, but He reveals that true prayer can only be offered in His name. No one can come to the Father, no matter how sincere they may be, with acknowledging the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a Scottish pastor and humble prayer warrior, writes “No person can be a child of God without living in secret prayer and no community of Christians can be in lively condition without unity in prayer.”