…I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.-Nehemiah 1:4

Faithful, everyday prayer is absolutely critical for Christians. It’s our communication with the One and only God that helps us learn His will for us. Unfortunately, though, prayer is a last resort, even for many believers.

Prayer is not a magic trick. It’s communication with God that should go hand in hand with our actions to honor Him. Prayer is not a substitute for work but a preparation for work.

Prayer focuses our attention and demands our discipline. Prayer is surrender to the Lord’s will. It’s not trying to pull God into our plans, but rather it’s putting our plans in line with His will.  

On May 5, 2016, the National Day of Prayer, millions of believers will be praying for our nation in Washington D.C. They will be lead by my dear friend and great leader, Tony Evans.  Across the nation in churches, in businesses, and in homes where believers have gathered, prayers will be lifted to the Lord.  I do believe there is exponential power in collective prayer.  However, prayers do not need to be great public events because it’s our personal and private prayers that truly move God and make a difference.

It’s in prayer that we experience God and are exposed to His greatness. It’s in prayer that we make ourselves available to God. 

Over the next 15 days I challenge you today to spend some time alone with God…making yourself available to Him, and prepare your heart to intercede for our nation.