“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: he is like a man which built an house and digged deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”- Luke 6:47-49 KJV
When Jesus was on earth, he often spoke in parables or metaphors. Our key passage of scripture is one example of this. In this passage, Jesus was referring to the people’s faith and its need to build on a firm foundation, on a rock, on THE Rock, which is Jesus. But the same metaphor can be applied to our prayer life.
Often, we come to God in prayer with burdens on our heart and petitions. We ask Him for breakthroughs and miracles, which He grants us to glorify Himself or simply out of mercy. But our prayer life is not always solid. In this passage of scripture, Jesus remarks that our prayer life must be built on a proper foundation. When our connection with God is strong and firm, our faith and prayer life will not be shaken. Though the flood will come, i.e the challenges, obstacles we can face and difficult circumstances that could shake our faith and cause us to stop believing in the power of prayer and of our God, our house will stand because it is founded on layers of rock. In the same way, our prayer life will not be reduced to anything because we know whom we have believed and we are convinced and have experienced the power of prayer.
However, when our prayer life is frail and shallow because we only come to God when we have a need or when we feel like it, we will not establish a real connection with Him. As a result, when challenges come to test our faith like a flood, we will waver and our faith will immediately crumble to the ground. And oh how great a ruin it will be!
Friend, God does not simply desire that you would hear His Word but He desires that you follow it. When you act based on what you have heard from God, your faith will gain strength and so will your prayer life. As you focus on the digging deep phase (doing after you hear, spending solid time in prayer), you may experience no or little difference but when the test comes, that is when you will realize that all that digging deep has laid a strong foundation so you can withstand the test. That’s when you’ll see how you can be still and pray to God with passion, and energy in spite of what is going on around you.
So dig deep into your prayer life. Lean on God in prayer by claiming His promises and simply coming to Him as vulnerable as you are, with transparency, honesty, humility, and great faith. Each time you do, you will find that you have dug a little deeper and planted your house on a more sure and solid foundation. You’ve planted your house on Jesus.
Heavenly Father, you are my Rock! I thank you for the privilege of prayer and for being able to connect with you on a deeper level today. Please teach me how to dig deeper in prayer and stay grounded in my faith. Help me to be disciplined in my prayer life so I can continue to come to you regardless of how I feel. Let this become a positive habit in my life that will strengthen my faith so that when the storms or the floods come, I will not be shaken but I will stand still and see your salvation. Thank you for your strength. Teach me to not only be a hearer of the Word but be a doer also because faith without works is dead and without faith it is impossible to please you. Help me to become a person of great faith and a person of prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.