Yet prayer is not valid if sincerity is not at the root. After all, we are approaching the very throne of heaven. Prayer is an awesome privilege. God desires heartfelt petitions. We cannot fool Him. Think about it—God’s listening ear is with us as we seek His presence. He is so willing to abide with us. Pondering this, we become aware that surely He must yearn to have conversation with His kids—all of us. It is a comfort to know that our God is our Father. He is waiting to talk with us.
Building a prayer fortress is vitally important, too, because the enemy of God is ever attempting to overcome us. The apostle Paul admonishes us to put on the whole armor of God—Ephesians 6:14-17. He encourages us to gear up with prayer warriorship.
To quote the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, in part, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of…” Just 11 words of his lengthy, classic poem: “Morte d’ Arthur.” Though not written in a religious context, it reveals the author’s confidence in prayer.
Not Frightened by Problems
When Peter Marshall served as the chaplain of the United States Senate, his prayers were recorded not only in heaven but in the Senate records. Here is one: “Let us not be frightened by the problems that confront us but rather give Thee thanks that Thou has matched us with this hour. May we resolve, God helping us, to be part of the answer and not part of the problem.”
Fright is a very human emotion. Perhaps you are frightened at this very moment. If you are, there is peace for you in Jesus. He beckons you to come to His Father with that fright—and give it all to Him. We have Jesus’ promise, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27).
In Ellen White's book Steps to Christ
, p. 93, prayer is described as “the opening of the heart to God as to a friend.” The beautiful requirement of prayer is no matter how unworthy we are, if we come to God believing, His amazing grace will cover all our inadequacies.
When we come to God, we have the company of the Holy Spirit and Jesus, A circle of love that also includes angels, sheltering with their wings. It is an awesome realization. How often do we carry around our problems, hanging like an albatross?
And what about prayer for others? Intercessory prayer is a loving connector between human beings, as well as God. As we pray for one another, we draw close to that person even if it is a stranger whom we have not met. Talking it over with Father is our connection to Him. Remember, “The Lord is full of compassion and mercy” (James 5:11).