DAY 19

LISTENING THROUGH PRAYER

“Pray continually.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV

The story is told that during the First World War a British soldier was caught one night while creeping secretively back to his tent from a nearby wooded area. He was immediately hauled before his commanding officer and charged with holding communications with the enemy. The man pleaded that he had gone into the woods to pray. That was his only defense.

“Have you been in the habit of spending hours in private prayer?” his officer asked roughly.

“Yes, sir.”

“Then get down on your knees and pray now like you’ve never prayed before!” the commander ordered. The young man knew he could be shot at sunrise for the crime he was accused of committing. He knelt and poured out his soul in a powerful prayer that could have only been inspired by the Holy Spirit.

“You may go,” the officer said in hushed tones after the soldier finished praying. “I believe your story. If you hadn’t drilled often, you couldn’t have done so well at review.”

The young man had an encounter that saved his life. He did so because he had prepared for that encounter for some time, not knowing what challenges he would face. He had learned to commune with God intimately.

• Prayer brings a revelation of self, allowing us to see ourselves in the light of who God is. This revelation of self is always followed by a revelation of God and His mercy.

• Prayer brings cleansing. As you confess your sins, He cleanses you, allowing you to come boldly to the throne of grace with a pure heart.

• Prayer reveals the Word of God, allowing Him to lead, direct and illuminate our pathways. Psalm 119:18 says, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”