Why Making Prayer Your First Response Changes Everything

Daily Effective Prayer Newsletter Issue 174.


O God, You are my God; early will I seek You. - Psalm 63:1

Isn't it just like us to be knee-deep in a mess, twisting and turning in our troubles, before it dawns on us that maybe, just maybe, we should have a chat with God about it? 

We fuss and fume, spill our woes to friends, and wish that God would step in and do something.

And all the while, our hearts and minds wrestle with problems, ignoring the simplest, most powerful solution at our fingertips: prayer

And then, as if on cue, we utter one of the most bewildering phrases: "Well, I guess all I can do is pray."

Sound familiar?

I bet it does.

We’ve all been there.

We've all not sought God first through prayer.

We sometimes treat prayer like a spare tire, pulling it out only when everything else has gone flat

It’s as if we’re saying, "Well, everything's fallen apart, maybe we should pray?" 

This tells me something profound about our faith in prayer. 

We don’t truly grasp its power.

Think about it, how many unnecessary burdens are we lugging around? 

How much tougher are we making life than it needs to be, simply because we don’t realize the strength that prayer brings?

If we truly understood, we wouldn’t use prayer as a last-ditch safety net, it would be our first line of defence. 

We’d bring everything to God, big or small, not as a last resort but as our first instinct.

Let’s make a shift—let prayer be your first response, not your last resort. 

Trust me, it’s a game-changer.

If this resonates with you, here's a short prayer you can say today:

"Heaven Father, let prayer be my steering wheel, not just my spare tire. When life’s battles heat up, remind me that prayer is my banner of victory, not a white flag of surrender. And amid chaos, may my heart beat steady prayers, speaking Your peace into every situation. Amen."

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Your brother in Christ,



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1. How does the Bible illustrate the power of making prayer a first response in times of need?

Just like a seasoned captain steering a ship through stormy seas, the Bible consistently showcases prayer as the rudder that keeps us on course. Consider how Daniel turned to prayer, not panic, when facing the lions’ den, or how David sought God’s guidance in the wilderness. These stories aren’t just ancient texts, they're examples for us. When we open our hearts in prayer right at the onset, it's like setting our spiritual GPS to navigate through life’s challenges.

2. What changes might we observe in our personal lives and faith journey if we prioritize prayer in daily decisions and crises?

Picture prayer as our daily bread, not just a condiment we reach for once the meal is bland. If we start each day with prayer, it becomes the lens through which we view everything—from spilled coffee to big decisions. Over time, we will notice a shift. Challenges that used to rattle us now become opportunities to witness God's hand at work. It’s not about escaping troubles. It's about facing them with a God-infused strength that wasn't there before and it will see it us through to victory.

3. What challenges do we face in making prayer our first response, and how can we overcome these obstacles?

Let's be real... making prayer our go-to can feel like trying to switch hands in writing—it's awkward, and sometimes we just don't wanna. Maybe it's busyness, or perhaps doubt whispers louder than faith. Whatever the wall, remember, every giant falls one stone at a time. Start small. Pray first thing in the morning, even if it’s just a whisper before your feet hit the floor. It’s about building that muscle, day by day, until prayer is your heart’s first reaction, not its last resort.

4. In what ways can our community of faith support each other in cultivating prayer as a first response?

Imagine our faith community as a garden where every believer is a plant. Just as plants thrive on sunlight and water, our spiritual growth blossoms through mutual encouragement and shared prayer practices. Whether it’s through praying with me on my YouTube channel, prayer meetings, accountability partners, or simply praying for one another in small groups, these connections are vital. They water the soil of our souls, making it fertile for God's work. Encourage whoever you connect with to make prayer the starting point, and watch as the garden flourishes collectively.

5. How do we think making prayer a first response can impact our relationships with God and our effectiveness as Believers in the world?

When prayer leads the way, it’s like turning on all the lights in our house instead of just stumbling around in the dark. It illuminates our path and clears the fuzziness, bringing God’s perspective into everyday life. This connection doesn’t just change us, it makes us a beacon for others. Our reliance on prayer demonstrates a living faith that speaks volumes to believers and non-believers alike. It’s about showing, not just telling, the world how transformative a life led by prayer to God can be.

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