Prayer can be treated as either an emergency response mechanism, especially when you’re facing a challenge or a difficulty, or it could be a starting point in whatever you do in your earthly life. If you proclaimed that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and confessed the same, you are commissioned to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40). This is His greatest commandment. You are also called to make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20)- which includes bringing people to church and helping them grow in their spiritual journey, as well as building influence wherever God has place you so you can promote Kingdom values such as love, peace, integrity, and unity.
As you obey these commands and instructions, it’s important that prayer begins and recaps any of your pursuits. When prayer is the starting point of your life and ministry, you recognize that your effectiveness as a follower and ambassador of Jesus is rooted in your intimacy with Him whom you represent (John 15). It is only by His power and grace that you can fulfill His call, His way. And an infusion of His power and a deeper revelation of His grace will come from an intimate fellowship with Him.
As a man or woman who have decided to give your life to and live your life for Jesus and His mission, one privilege you have been given is access to His throne room, where you can come boldly and with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). This unhindered ability to come before Him is based on what Jesus has done on the cross of Calvary, which has made you righteous and holy. The Word promises that He hears your cries, petitions, and desires and you have the assurance that a key reason why you are on earth is that so you may have life and have it to the full (Jn. 10:10).
Church sermons and materials, books, podcasts, online and on-sight courses and classes, video materials and religious conferences are all helpful tools in your life and ministry. All are necessary as you express love for God and others, and reach out to people and build influence. But it is only through prayer and His Word where you can build your relationship with God. As you pray and meditate on the passages of scripture, God reveals to us His will, purpose, and wisdom. The Bible is replete with examples of individuals who have done this, including the God incarnate Himself, Jesus.
Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, He spent time with the Father, fasting for 40 days and 40 nights (Matt. 4). Moses’s wisdom and leadership skill is a direct endowment He received while spending time with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Mt. Sinai. Paul’s ministry started with an unexpected conversation with Jesus that eventually led to an infilling of the Holy Spirit.
There’s no denying on the impact Moses and Paul had in the world and the scores of generations who have been saved by their obedience. Jesus has exemplified that guidance from the Father is absolutely necessary, in life and ministry. It’s by going straight to God in prayer and through prayer that you will find the power needed to carry out the good works, which has been prepared for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). Because even before you have decided to follow Him and obey His commands, He has gone before you (Deuteronomy 31:8).