This coming Friday - Saturday from 9pm-6am there is going to be a all night prayer room. I am so excited yet slightly apprehensive about the prospect, how am I going to stay up all night praying?! This isn’t a current discipline in my life. (I’m sure when I become a mom I’ll get a few chances for all-nighters.) It’s going to be an awesome night though and I’d encourage anyone to come… even for a hour or two.
Growing up prayer was something we did before meals and before bedtime. I remember my mom telling me that whenever she heard an ambulance siren she would always pray. Prayer wasn’t something that really was thought about by me till the church we had recently started attending started a family prayer night every Tuesday and my parents decided it was a good idea to go. I am beyond thankful that they did! I didn’t pray out loud for the first while but it has grown and deepened my own walk with Jesus listening to other women pray. I’ve had the amazing privilege of watching the prayer meeting group grow from around 12 regulars to over 50 regulars that come. Praise Jesus!
Obviously prayer is so important but why?! The fact that we as children of God has access to the King of Kings is something that we should never take for granted. We have never earned the right to approach the Perfect One. There was this movie that we would watch growing up about the story of Esther and in it they made a big deal about the touching the scepter part of the story. I now know how big a deal that could be! Even bigger considering that you are approaching the King above all earthly Kings and the One True God before all earthly gods. Sometimes to just sit back and consider that fact makes you appreciate just how merciful and gracious our Heavenly Father really is towards us human beings.
So with that in mind it is truly baffling that the prayers of the saints can either move or stay God’s hand. Prayer, whether intercessory or otherwise goes straight to God’s heart. Even people who don’t believe in God pray in desperate times I’ve heard. So there arguably is an inherent knowledge in all people that there is a God, that you can talk to Him, He is in control of all things and He cares. Longing to have a relationship with a God that is higher than us. To have a relationship you need to talk and as I tell my 2-5 year old Sunday school kids, Jesus loves when you talk to Him! So when you spend a night fasting sleep and praying that is a way that you show your surrender. Even if your heart isn’t there but you really want it to come to that place it is still a really good idea to do it. I have found that Jesus has met me in those times where I really didn’t feel like going to prayer room. Trust me they are sweet times when you give time to talk to Jesus.