The foundation we prepare determines the buildings we build. This is a simple statement, but when it is forgotten the results can be disastrous; the building will fail. Unfortunately, this key is often forgotten. People try to build on all kinds of foundations. However, the Christian knows there can be no other foundation on which to build than Jesus Christ.
For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11 (NKJV)
He alone is the sure foundation for a spiritual life. A life built on any other foundation will fall. Many of the wrecked lives around us are from foundation failure. People have built buildings, often very impressive buildings, but the foundation is not secure and their life falls apart. Riches, fame, power, man-made religions, and other lifestyle and belief systems cannot create a sound foundation. The Bible and life experience make this clear; there is no successful foundation other than Jesus Christ.
So we know, but do we? Do we know? Many claim the foundation but are on one other than Christ Jesus. Yes, it is true. They name Him as Lord. They sing about Him, talk about Him, call on Him when in distress, but their foundation is no foundation.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Luke 6:46-49 (NKJV)
It is time to pray. The hour begs, and even demands, men and women pray. The time is short, and the need is great; it is time to pray. The foundation of prayer, like the foundation of our faith, must rest on Jesus Christ. Like the man building a house, we must build on the foundation.
How do we check our prayer life foundation? For success in prayer we need to check on our listening. One oft over looked key to success in prayer is listening to what the Lord is saying. We call “Lord, Lord” but do not hear the things He says. The Lord is speaking, but so often in prayer, we are not only guilty of not doing, but we often fail even to listen.
Apply this to a prayer project for which you are responsible; the more you listen, the more you will hear. Have you heard what the Lord is saying? Has the failure to listen placed your prayer project off the foundation? Are you seeking and doing His will in this matter?
It would be wise to check. Return to your prayer closet and listen. What is the Lord saying? What would He have you do, in both prayer and action?
The time has come for checking our foundation. It is time to listen in prayer.