Prayer and the Christian Woman
We expect more from women today tha
n ever. Mom must be a miracle worker, able to sew a costume for the school pageant, bake cookies, and drive her third grader’s class to the zoo, often with a mere few hours’ notice. She does all this while writing the annual report, preparing a proposal for a new client, training a new secretary, and studying for her first grade Sunday school class. If you are a woman and you aren’t praying, you miss out on the most significant source of power available.
Prayer is more than a Band-Aid for the calluses of a busy day. It’s not aspirin for the spirit or antacid you take from over-indulging in the world. It is preventative, powerful, exciting, refreshing, and brings vitality to any life willing to commit to prayer.
No teaching on prayer can be all-inclusive; however, we will include much teaching in this study. As you learn more about prayer and start praying regularly, you will think more about God. Joy settles into your spirit that others won’t understand, and you will wonder how you ever lived without an active prayer life.
Prayer is man’s acknowledgment of a being higher than he is. When we pray, we’re addressing God, the Creator of the universe. It is a time when a mere mortal has a private audience with the King of Kings. It is spiritual communion with God: as a petition, thanksgiving, or adoration.
Men never prayed until Eve had her first son, Seth, and he had a son of his own (Genesis 4:25-26). They didn’t know their need to pray. Our first parents knew God personally in the Garden of Eden. He visited them in the cool of the evening, sharing communion and took long walks together.
After the fall, however, their relationship changed, and people’s dealings with God were no longer personal and intimate as it was before.