Why Pray?

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” - John 15:15

Jesus is without doubt the finest friend any of us could desire. At infinite cost to the Father, He has won us back through the gospel of His grace. He willingly gave His life as a sacrifice for ours. He became like us so that we could become like Him. He has swapped our rags for His riches through dying in our place. We died with Him and in Him we are made alive through His
resurrection. This is wonderful, but what’s it got to do with Wednesday afternoons when I’m wondering what to eat for tea, how I’m going to finish my work and whether that relationship is going to work out in the way I had hoped. Look back at Jesus’ words above.

He’s the One with the mic. He does the deciding, and He decrees at a time in His story that our status has changed from servants to friends.

Through His Gospel and its outworking through His sovereign purpose we got promoted! No longer are we destined to walk around in the dark wondering spiritual thoughts aimlessly. Now, today, He invites us into the relationship with Father God and God the Son. Servants get to say ‘yes’ to the Master. Friends get to know the Father personally and receive from the Son all that He has heard from the Father.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is very cool.

If there was a word we might use to summarise John 15.15 in practice, what might you suggest? I’d call it ‘prayer’. Most of the time when the word ‘prayer’ gets an airing we refer to our activity, or a form of our dutiful devotion. My prayer life is revolutionised by realising that I am already in close relationship with Him because of His gospel. I am already in His presence because of His Spirit. I am already overhearing heaven’s conversation because of what heaven has done for me in Christ. I am here on earth, and it’s raining, and I am hidden in heavenly places overhearing the Father’s revelation to Jesus, my finest friend.

How might this get even better? Well as amazing as it is to relate to God in the way He has won for us. He never meant us to wire our world individualistically. No longer servant(s), but friend(s). The Holy Spirit welcomes us together as Jesus’ family to hear and to speak in prayer together. Perhaps this is the ultimate spiritual encounter.

We who were once without hope, status or family, are now brought together through the Gospel of God to overhear the Father and the Son.

This has been our intention for the 24 hours of prayer at the start of June. I can’t wait to continue it on.

- Tim Silk