Matt. 7:7 ¶ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Prayer reminds us of how things really are; God is the giver, we are the receivers. That is why prayer glorifies God, it looks to Him as the supplier of every good gift. Prayer destroys pride acknowledging total dependency upon the Lord. I can still remember some of those times early in my Christian walk where the Lord met me in prayer. One of those times was when my wife Parris was expecting our first son. The doctors were quite concerned about Parris’s ability to deliver our baby. I went through several months struggling with God in prayer. Obviously, He could have healed her any time during the pregnancy but He chose to do it at the last minute. Parris and the baby were healthy and I had learned to lean on the Lord in prayer. Here are some great thoughts from Spurgeon on prayer.
“Prayer is always the preface to blessing. It goes before the blessing as the blessing’s shadow. When the sunlight of God’s mercies rises upon our necessities, it casts the shadow of prayer far down upon the plain. Or, to use another illustration, when God piles up a hill of mercies, he himself shines behind them, and he casts on our spirits the shadow of prayer, so that we may rest certain, if we are much in prayer, our pleadings are the shadows of mercy. Prayer is thus connected with the blessing to show us the value of it. If we had the blessings without asking for them, we should think them common things; but prayer makes our mercies more precious than diamonds. The things we ask for are precious, but we do not realize their preciousness until we have sought for them earnestly.
Prayer makes the darken’d cloud withdraw;
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and love;
Brings every blessing from above.”
I love that illustration, prayer is the shadow that precedes God’s blessing. That is extremely encouraging to me. Why you ask? Because we have been experiencing a new desire to seek the Lord in prayer for an outpouring of His Spirit on New Orleans. If prayer is the shadow of God’s blessing, revival is on the horizon. Maybe you have some challenges that you have been bringing to the Lord in prayer. Rest under His shadow, the answer is part of the blessing of prayer.