Prayer is the most important in our arsenal of weapons to fight for G-d’s kingdom. Prayer is not secondary but a primary weapon to fight against the evil that wants to destroy us.
This is one of the most important lessons I have learned from my teacher Pastor Steve Gray World Revival Church. I used to think prayer was only used when I was in trouble. WRONG! Bozo.
“Jacob sent his sons – except Benjamin – to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph recognized them, but they did not recognize him. He devised a plan to see if they were ready to accept him as Jacob’s successor: He threatened not to receive them next time without Benjamin. Once Benjamin would be in Egypt, Joseph would invent an excuse to keep him there. If the brothers would be prepared to fight for Benjamin, it would mean that they had overcome their jealousy of Rachel’s sons. Jacob was reluctant to send Benjamin, but his other sons convinced Jacob that they had no choice. So Jacob agreed, but first prayed for their success.
G‑d Almighty grant that the man be merciful to you.” Genesis 43:14
Conventional wisdom has it that prayer is necessary only in desperate situations. Thus, Jacob’s sons assumed that since Joseph was detaining their brother because he suspected them of being thieves or spies, it would be enough to pacify him with a gift.
From Jacob’s words to his children, however, we learn that even when a favorable outcome seems perfectly natural, we should never assume that we can reach it without Divine assistance. We must always pray – and not as a secondary measure, but as the primary measure.
Although we must create natural channels to facilitate G‑d’s blessings, we should realize that G‑d, who is beyond nature, controls every aspect of our lives. When we realize this fully, we will indeed perceive that the “natural” occurrences of our lives are all in fact miracles garbed in nature.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 25, pp. 227–234.