A pastor once challenged some of the young people in his congregations to spend fifteen minutes every day praying for foreign missions. But he warned them, “Beware how you pray, for I warn you, this is a very costly experiment.”
“Costly?” one of the youth asked in surprise.
“Yes, costly,” he replied. “When Carey began to pray for the conversion of the world it cost him himself. Brainerd prayed for the dark-skinned savages, and after two years of blessed work, it cost him his life. Two students in Mr. Moody’s summer school began to to pray the Lord of the harvest; and, lo, it is going to cost America five thousand young men and women who have, in answer to this prayer, pledged themselves to missions.
“Be sure it is a dangerous thing to pray in earnest for this work; you will find that you cannot pray and withhold your labour, or pray and withhold your money; indeed, you will find that your very life will no longer be your own when your prayers begin to be answered.”
Prayer increases our compassion, and can reveal to us God’s call on our life. When we pray for certain things, God’s answer may be to tell us what we can do to bring the solution to pass.
… for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and what He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6