It’s so simple we may actually forget to. Yet with all the very best of programmes, plans, and ideas, without spending time with God we create and build solely on our own strength and imagination. And that is never enough.
Three scriptures come to mind as a reminder of the power and importance of building through prayer, building with the Lord, seeking Him and leaning on His understanding.
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. [Psalm 127:1]
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God [Philippians 4:6]Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. [Proverbs 3:5-6]
Prayer acknowledges that earthly wisdom is sufficient only for limited purposes.
Prayer says I am not enough but God is more than enough.
Prayer causes me to lift my eyes heavenward, to look higher and to look to God.
Prayer is to be fulfilled in combination with all diligence on my part towards what I am looking to build.
Prayer is bringing heaven to earth into the building of my own home and into the building of Gods house.
Prayer is me making sure I hear Gods voice on how things should be done.
Prayer is the antidote to my worries.
Prayer is a demonstration of my trust in God and His ability to do what I cannot.
Prayer leads me as I enjoy conversation with my heavenly Father.
Let’s be a people who don’t just build what we would like to fashion but instead be the people who get God’s insight into how things should be. As we play our part in building church, let’s pray. Let’s invite God in. Let’s ask for His kingdom to come on earth, as it is in heaven. From my own experience, I know it will make all the difference.
What’s your experience with prayer?