The Place of Prayer


By Pastor Dale Piscura

prayerI’ve been thinking about the place of prayer in our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. It seems to me that every believer recognizes the need of prayer, yet many admit their struggle to maintain a lively pattern of prayer. In my walk with Christ (now 39 years), my most significant growth in prayer has come from times together with others in prayer. At the beginning, I had no clue how to openly express myself to God. My only learning of prayer had been memorized prayers, often assigned to me as a form of penance.

These days I find great encouragement and lessons in prayer by praying with others regularly. I find I can be intimate with God even though I am with others by concentrating my thoughts on being at the throne of grace with my Blessed Savior. He is with me, providing my right of entrance and my righteousness before God’s holiness. I love Hebrews 4:16, “Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

The men in the gospel that carried their friend to Jesus and tore the roof off a house to place their needy friend right in front of Jesus also provides me a picture of what we are doing as intercessors for others.

We carry our loved ones to the place where Jesus can touch them.  I love that truth.  I hope you connect to Him today.