Prayer in its simplest form is communicating with God. I like to view prayer as looking to God for help, comfort, wisdom, for any and all aspects of life. In Numbers (Num 21:4-9) the people of Israel were complaining about Moses' leadership. This upset the Lord and He sends serpents among them. When people were bitten by the snakes they would die. The people repented of their sin and asked Moses to intercede for them before God. God instructs Moses to build a fiery serpent. He builds a bronze serpent and mounts it on a pole. Whoever is bitten by a snake, if they looked up to the serpent on the pole, would live and not die.
This is a picture of looking to God for deliverance from sin, clearly an Old Testament reference to the Gospel message. Jesus Christ was lifted up on a cross for our salvation.
It is so important that we learn to look to God first in prayer before trying to fix our problems with natural wisdom or self-effort. Prayer helps us to view life from an eternal perspective.
Posts are a collection of thoughts by the Pastors and leaders of Church on the Rock Melbourne.