If there ever was a phrase from a song that described me it is the one above. “Not my mother, not my father but it’s me O Lord standing in the NEED of prayer.” I am a needy person and most people I know are in need. Our beloved church stands in need of prayer as we enter a pivotal year. A great goal for ourselves and our church as we enter a New Year is to be far more faithful and consistent in prayer. It’s one of those things that shouldn’t be hard, and yet causes so much struggle. Prayer is really one of the easiest things that we can be doing. We don’t have to buy anything – nothing to write and we don’t even have to open our eyes or mouths if we don’t want to. And yet before we know it we are slipping back into old habits of self-reliance.
We all know we should be praying more. The Bible is filled with admonitions to pray. The Apostle Paul encourages us to be faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12) and to devote ourselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2).
But perhaps the key is not trying harder, but coming at the issue from a different perspective entirely. Author Paul Miller puts it this way. “You don’t need self-discipline to pray continuously; you just need to be poor in spirit.”
The point is that we will learn to develop a better prayer life when we realize just how desperately needy we are. When we see how poor in spirit we are, how totally reliant we are on God for everything then we will begin to turn to God continually for help. If we continue to live with the mistaken belief that for the most part we have things under control then prayer will seem pointless.
As we begin 2016, as we consider God’s grace in our lives and as we look for ways to share that grace with others, may we be people who allow God to strip away the façade and be honest before Him how helpless we are without Him.
“Yes, I-we-each of us standing in the need of prayer…” Let the admission of spiritual poverty begin to revitalize our church and personal prayer life.