It’s Time to Pray by Pastor Annette Barker
It was 10:45 am and I was still in my office desperately trying to make my way up to the sanctuary to be in the midst of the tangible anointing that was flowing all over the building from our amazing praise and worship leaders. As I was trying to gather my things the loud persistent knock on my door was followed by a three feet feisty little girl bombarding her way in and bolding declaring It’s time to pray!
Every Sunday for the past two years or so my seven-year-old God-daughter takes it upon herself to come in my office, lay hands on me and pray for me before I go to the pulpit. It’s so amazing. We’ve shared so much and have had some incredible experiences and testimonies from our weekly moments in prayer. This powerful little girl created a powerful little moment that has become our norm. However, this particular Sunday something was different in her voice. There was a heavy demand that startled me and forced me to stop dead in my tracks, grabs her little hands and pray.
Without a word after prayer we went straight up for worship. After morning worship while standing in the fellowship line, here she comes with a great big smile and ready for a great big hug. While hugging her I couldn’t help but ask “why did you come in my office the way you did for prayer?” She said “because I had been looking at you giving you signals it was time to pray, but you kept letting people come in your office before me, so this time I had to get your attention.”
God loves us so much that He’s trying to get our attention as well. Jeremiah 29:11 informs us of His plans for us. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” In 3John 1:2 He tells us He wants us to prosper and be in good health. However, like every plan there has to be a process and discipline in order for that plan to work. In our case the process is seeking God. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Hebrew 12:2 The discipline needed here is prayer. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
To God’s dismay many of us are not following out His plan and in my cause my little God’s daughter’s routine. Through life’s issues, world tragedies and so many other things He’s constantly giving us the signal and saying it’s time to pray. However, we are putting any and everything before Him. We are so busy with our life we fail to seek the giver of life. We’re so busy “chasing paper”, you know trying to make as much money as we can and have as many material gains as we can that we’ve stop chasing after God. We’re so busy trying to get ahead in life that we’ve neglected to make Him the head of our lives. His word reminds us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. Somehow, we keep putting stuff, people and things; such as our jobs, our homes, relationships and even our children before Him that He has to get our attention with a persistent knock.
Not in all cases or circumstances but in some could it be His persistent knock comes in various ways? Such as monetary & material needs. Life’s disappointments, distractions & despairs. Even sickness, disease and death. Sometimes could it be God is simply trying to get our attention to pay more attention to Him through prayer. Could it be? For in many cases the many despairing times we face usually ends up startling us, stopping us dead in our tracks and giving us an irresistible desire to pray.
Let us take time to pray daily. I believe there are times God is giving us a signal. I believe these last days, these confusing and evil times were living in He’s saying “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2Chronicles 7:14
Let us pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” Philippians 4:6 He’s patiently waiting for you to stop putting anything and everybody before Him and make time for Him. It’s time to pray!