Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1
This is the injunction of Jesus to us. The statement came from the mouth of Jesus himself, not from any of the disciples, a prophet or any saint in the bible, but from the Lord himself. Jesus knows what we need to make us to be fulfilled in life, He being a man of prayer when He was here on earth.
Prayer is the act of communication and fellowship with God, it is the way that God had chosen for us to have our needs met, there is no alternative to prayer if we want to get what God had ordained for us in this life.
God does not entertain worry, murmuring, and complaints, He hates them, hence He destroyed some people in the wilderness because of murmuring when they ought to call upon Him for help.
And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. I Corinthians 10:10-11.
Most of the time when we find ourselves in difficult situations, we choose to murmur and complain, at such times God does not listen to us, no amount of worry can make God to have mercy on us, it is only when we are praying that God is listening.
He commanded that if we dare to pray, He will hear us and respond to our prayers.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3.
When you don’t pray, you will not be able to see what God can do, God is set to do great and mighty things, even at all times, but most of the time we limit, and prevent Him because we refuse to do what will turn His attention unto us.
We must understand the principles of God, which He cannot change nor forsake because of our situations, God only respond to prayers.
You will see examples of this in the word of God.
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also.
This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
When James, one of the leaders of the church was killed by Herod, the church did not do anything, probably they just resigned to fate, but then they suddenly woke up when they saw that Peter had been arrested and will be killed the next day.
They had a vigil, and cried unto God for the whole night, and God responded by sending angel to rescue Peter from the prison. Peter walked out alive without having the keys in his hands. The next day, all the soldiers on guard was killed by Herod, and then Herod himself died a mysterious death.
All of these events were made possible by the prayers of the saints. If they had been quiet, Peter would have been killed, and that will be the end.
They did not specifically pray that Herod should die, but because God can do exceedingly and abundantly above what we think or do, and because God wanted to show to them that He can do great and mighty things, He moved against Herod who was the enemy of the church, and removed him in a way that brought great fear upon the people.
Why suffer in silence when you have the King of kings as your father.
Stop worrying, and start praying. Pray until something happens.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16