Written by Amber Tafao
One of the earliest Christian “treats” so to speak to share with others during the Lenten season was a pretzel. The pretzel originated in monasteries in Europe during the Early Middle Ages. The idea behind its beautiful crisscrossed shape was to represent hands folded in prayer.
Sacrificial giving, sacrificial living… these things are spurred on, even defined, by prayer. Prayer is the greatest defense we have. If you want to experience an intimacy in your relationship with God that is akin to revival, it is going to have to start with prayer.
Spend some time in the Psalms today. Listen to how the psalmists extol God, make supplications, grieve over sin, repent, seek wisdom, knowledge and favor, and lay every bit of turmoil within their souls before Him. Trust in His promise in Psalm 145:18 that “[t]he Lord is near to all who call on Him.” Let Colossians 4:2 define you: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Finally, don’t forget about the importance of corporate prayer and bearing the burdens of others. James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”