If you could ask Jesus to teach you do anything…what would you ask? Jesus’ disciples had been with Him long enough to experience Him preach, answer obscure questions, heal sickness and disease, cast out demons, and have Godly arguments with those in opposition. The disciples could have asked Him to teach them any number of spiritual disciplines, theological truths or doctrinal philosophies and yet they are intrigued by something unexpected.
“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1. As they were able to observe and experience the deep intensity and profound connection that Jesus had with the Father through prayer, the disciples quickly realized that they needed to know how to have this same relationship. Jesus’ point was driven deeply by the exemplary action of His purposefully setting aside various blocks of time devoted to what many could view as “doing nothing”. Jesus, on the other hand, knew and was training His disciples to know, that prayer is the “heavy lifting” in walking with God.
Prayer is to the spirit what breath is to the body, a vital exercise necessary for life and health. It is because of prayer that Jesus could say in John 5:19, “…the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” How is it possible for Jesus to actually say that everything He does is only what He sees the Father do? The answer is astoundingly simple…through prayer. Philippians 2:13 states that “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Prayer is the tool that God uses to work His will in you and through you.
Jesus valued prayer, and so we must establish it as something valuable in our personal and corporate lives as well. Among many applications of this, at Reliance, we have developed a ministry that we call PrayerLink. Essentially we utilize PrayerLink to relay urgent prayer requests to hundreds of people who are dedicated to devoting their time immediately to intercession. Urgent prayer requests could include a life threatening illness, unexpected hospitalization, a friend or family member going into labor, or any number of emergency situations. Non-urgent prayer requests are disbursed through an email database of people similarly devoted to intercessory prayer, the defining factor of “urgent” being a time constraint or the gravity of the situation.
We have recently changed the number for you to submit prayer requests to. If you would like to submit an urgent prayer request to PrayerLink, send a text message with the prayer request to the new number (951) 595-7698. The prayer request will then be distributed to our database, and within minutes hundreds of people will be bringing your request before Jesus in unison. Non-urgent prayer requests can be submitted by filling out the form on this link http://www.reliancechurch.org/growth/prayer-requests/
If you would like to join the ranks as a man or woman of prayer then you can be a part of the PrayerLink team! To start the process of being added to the system, send an email to [email protected] requesting to be added to the PrayerLink database and she will help you get connected, make sure you include your cell phone number. There is a short process that you have to follow for being added to the system whereby you confirm that you are opting in. From there, you can form your own PrayerLink groups in your cell phone and forward the prayer request on to get even more people praying.
PrayerLink is an invaluable tool that we can use to actually accomplish what Galatians 6:2 commands, that we “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”