Today we kick off a three-part series on three separate areas of prayer. When we understand these three essential areas of prayer–we will pray more effectively for ourselves and others.
Jesus’ disciples asked Him: “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) The evidence of the Gospel accounts would suggest that they were not only asking for a method; they might well have been saying: “Lord, show us why prayer is essential for our lives, as it seems to be for Yours.”
From both the example and the teaching of Jesus, we know that the Christian life does not consist of doing things–not working at Christian tasks–but of a relationship with Himself. This relationship is build through prayer.
The Bible gives many examples of how prayer is involved in this personal relationship with the Lord Jesus.
The Prayer of Salvation (Matt. 14:30)
In Matthew 14:22-31, Peter had asked to be empowered to walk on the water, and had heard the Master say “Come.” But Peter was suddenly gripped with fear, as he saw how precarious his position seemed. And he began to sink. It was then that Peter cried out the prayer we all must utter, “Lord, save me!” It was a prayer of helplessness, a recognition that he was sinking and had no power to save himself.
Two truths emerge from this incident:
•Jesus is the One Who calms fears
•When we ask for help, Jesus is the One Who says, “Come…” And He responds then when we cry out to be saved.
Be sure to check back next week for Part 2 of this series.