Jesus modeled a life of prayer. If we are to model a life like His, we must make praying a priority in our daily lives. We know prayer changes things. Prayer also changes us. If we make the time to pray in faith, believing the Lord hears us, He promises to reward us. Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
The apostle Paul said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6,7).
According to Justin Christopher, co-founder of Campus Renewal Ministries, “prayer is a significant way to measure our hunger for God and the size of our vision. Prayer is the place where God changes us, the spiritual battle is won, and the place where vision is birthed so our strategies are not manmade.”
History has proven that prayer always precedes revival. Many of America’s greatest revivals began on college campuses. The Haystack Revival in 1806 gave way to the beginning of the greatest missions outreach in America. Before Charles Finney came to Rochester in 1830 and prayed in the greatest revival America has ever seen, Levi A. Ward, the 24-year old President of the newly formed Monroe County Bible Society was placing a Bible in every home in 1825.
If we truly believe God wants revival in America, we must prepare our own hearts and minds through prayer.