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As I write this devotion, I am reminded of the words of one of our worshipers on our Church Without Walls. She said that the desire to pray was a wake-up call and that every morning she has a wake-up call to God. I thought her words were profound because there is nothing like having your day started in prayer. There must be a deep desire to pray. It cannot come as ritual or routine, but must flow from the depths of our hearts to God, thanking Him for granting to us an opportunity to pray. Prayer is conversation with God. It is a blessing that God hears and answers prayer. Zachariah 12:10 focuses on our desire to pray.

 “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.”

The writer of this passage speaks of the power of prayer. After the victory is complete, those who were responsible for this hideous crime would pay dearly. The people suffered and were in great pain. However, the Lord defended the habitants of Jerusalem. The Lord was clear that those who committed these ungodly acts would suffer. Consequently, there was a desire to pray that God’s will might be done. The people were in great need and God had promised to be by their side. The battle was not theirs, but the Lord’s, who grants victory. This is so relevant today. We desire for God to bring justice to those who have committed injustice against His people. Our desire is that God’s will be made known and we pray earnestly and honestly that God will bring forth His blessings. Have no doubt that God has the final say! Just look to Him when you pray.