In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
(Hebrews 5:7 ESV)
It’s no exaggeration to say that ALL great human accomplishments have been achieved on our knees through prayer—not through planning, sweat, and labor.
Search the pages of the Bible and you’ll find that it’s true. The Exodus, the parting of the Red Sea, Daniel’s knowing and interpreting the king’s dream, Queen Esther and Mordecai’s work to save their people from total annihilation, the feeding of the 5000, raising Lazarus from the dead, and sending Paul and Barnabas out to the Gentiles were all done in the context of fervent prayer.
It was when humble men and women, knowing they had nowhere else to turn, uttered desperate cries for mercy and divine intervention that their ever listening, loving heavenly Father answered. Nothing can or will be accomplished apart from the work involved in prayer.
The writer of Hebrews puts the whole debate to bed as he writes:
“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence” (Heb. 5:7 ESV).
What is he saying? The apostle is stating that even the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the result of the passionate prayers of the very One who would experience death and is now alive forever more.
Let me never again think that I’m doing nothing when I get on my knees in prayer.