The Cost of Prayer
As a Christian, prayer is our reply to God as He is represented in His Word. The challenge for all of us is to understand how it is that He speaks to us, and how then we can learn to answer Him. Jesus mastered this when He referred to His life within the Godhead before He came to earth, speaking of, "The glory I had with the Father before the world began”. Within the Trinity from all eternity, there has been communication by words. The Father speaks to the Son, the Son speaks to the Father, and the Father and the Son speak to the Spirit. How are we to receive God's words then? They come to us in Scripture. Communication from God is therefore communion with God when met with the response of trust from us. The conclusion is clear. God acts through His words, the word is “active and alive" (Heb. 4:12). Prayer is conversation with God. However, conversations can become merely an exchange of information if they are not driven by a true personal encounter and relationship. We do not want to just know about God, we want to know God, and to speak to His face and to His presence. Conversation with God leads to an encounter with God.
Do you feel a distant relationship with God when you pray? Remember that Jesus lost His relationship with God the Father on the cross, so that you could have a relationship with God as Father. Jesus was forgotten so that we could be remembered forever, from everlasting to everlasting. Jesus bore all the eternal punishment that our sins deserve. That is the true cost of prayer. Jesus paid the price so God could be our Father. Through prayer we sense His presence and receive His joy, His love, His peace and confidence, whereby we are changed in attitude, behavior, and character. The cost of prayer is dear but, O praise Him, that He hears our prayers and answers according to His will and not ours.