Catechism Unit Question Numbers:  239-246

The Blessings of Prayer

Do you have a teacher, professor, coach, or director that makes you feel nervous or anxious when you need to talk with them?  Perhaps your boss has an “open-door policy”, yet you find him or her to be intimidating. Contrast that with God’s “open-door policy”, namely prayer.  God loves to hear your prayers. God created all things and continually holds all things in the universe together, and yet He wants to hear all of your bold requests.  God is holy, and yet He and his angels rejoice when we confess our sins to him. God is not bound by time, and yet He always takes the time to listen when we pray. God knows all our thoughts, and yet He wants us to persistently come before him in prayer.

Have you ever thought what life would be like if we didn’t have the blessing of prayer?  What if you could never confess your sins and take your guilt to our merciful LORD in prayer?  What if you could never talk to the almighty God about your unsolved problems, your anxieties, or your fears?  What if you could never carry your sorrows to the loving arms of Jesus? How would it feel if there was no way to say ‘Thank you!’ to God for all his goodness to us?  Rather, thanks be to God that through Christ we have open access to our loving Father in heaven. Let us always thank God for the gift of prayer; let us always make good use of this wonderful gift!

In thinking about the topic of prayer, I am reminded of Revelation 5:8, which refers to “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people”.  In the final victorious book of the Bible, God makes a point to mention our prayers, reminding us how pleasing they are to Him. Luther states, “For He testifies with his own Word that our prayer is heartily pleasing to Him.”  How gracious and compassionate is our God, that He would never tire of hearing our prayers, but rather that He is always pleased to hear them!

2 Corinthians 1:20 states, “No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.”  What a great reminder for a discussion about prayer! LORD, have all of my sins been forgiven? Yes!  Jesus, will you remain close to me through all trials and temptations? Yes! God, will you work all things for my eternal good?  Yes! And for all those things that God has not specifically promised in His Word, we can boldly ask our Father in heaven, and ask that His good and perfect will be done.  We can always rest assured that He is in control, He hears us, He cares for us, He loves us.