The field of prayer is worth a thousand farms. Nothing can compare to the presence of God becoming real in your everyday experience.
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I’ve been thinking about the different fields that I’ve farmed over the years and five. I certainly don’t mean a real farm. I’m talking about the Euro, the arenas and the areas and the things that I’ve spent my neighbours on and in all of the different fields. The field of business, the field of Ministry. There is one field above all others that is unmatched in the rewards that it offers and the fascination with which I keep coming back to it.
And that is the field of prayer. I was reminded of the parable that Jesus told that some guy who comes to this field and he chances upon some treasure buried in the field, so he goes away and sells everything he has in order to buy that patch of land in order that he might make the treasure his own. And really, honestly, I’m calling this episode I would sell the farm to buy this field. The Joy of Prayer The field of Prayer is worth 1000 farms. Nothing can compare to the presence of God becoming real in our everyday experience.
The joy of prayer is a discovery that becomes a sell all proposition very quickly. It calls for a whole hearted commitment to something that money could never buy, selling all to own the field. And in it we’re not even talking making a sacrifice. Honestly, it is a joyful exchange. The King and his Kingdom are so magnificent that everything else pales in comparison.
Matthew 13:44 Jesus taught the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again, sold everything that he owned to get enough money to buy the field. The Kingdom of Heaven is available to us. Hallelujah honestly, there are no words. I think one of the reasons that God gave us tongues as a gift as a marriage bond when we were baptised in the Holy Ghost is because simply there are not words enough to describe the magnificent joy that he has actually invited us into.
And life will pull our heart in many directions and hook us on all sorts of promises of happiness and fulfilment. And it’s very easy to be tugged from one thing to another, seeking whatever satisfaction it is we crave. But Fulfilment really does not reside in anything. Fulfilment doesn’t reside in the things that we own in life does not comprise of the multitudes of things that we gather and pile up. It’s not packaged like the holiday that we think is going to make our soul sing.
We don’t need to travel there. We don’t need to take out any loan to purchase it. It’s right here under the place where our feet are presently planted and the cost to dig that field is time. Time is like sand spilling through our fingers and we have to choose every day where we’re going to spend it. And this field of prayer is ready for the taking.
It is presently waiting for your presence. Prayer carries us to a place so manifestly outside of this world that previous pursuits just pale in the light as reality breaks through this worldly haze that we stumble through. When we come into the place of prayer, it’s like the lights are switched on. It’s like the mist dissipates, and suddenly we can see clearly. Suddenly we see that all of the rich treasures of the Earth are nothing in comparison to the treasure of knowing Jesus.
Jesus is real. God is present and speaking, and the Holy Spirit is with us. And in us it does not get any better than that. No greater service can be rendered to mankind. No greater skill encouraged or obtained.
The mystery of prayer remains really only a mystery to those who’ve never taken the time to dig into its treasures. And then once we start digging, we make this discovery like that man who went to the field and discovered treasure in it, we begin to take time behind the curtain, shut out the noise and the tumult outside in the world. And we begin to see the beautiful simplicity that’s found only in the face of Jesus. Once we start digging. Once we start giving time, once we find and see the field and say, Man, I’m ready to sell all to possess this, to look on Jesus, to taste His goodness, to partake of His victory, and his peace is a field.
I will gladly sell the farm for reputation is a small price to pay to enter His courts. Opportunities and pursuits crying from the periphery of the field of prayer seem pallid in comparison to the delights that are offered to the lovers of God. All these anaemic avenues leading to glamour and Fame and fortune are really just dirt roads to nowhere. And compared to this beautiful highway of Holiness that just carries hungry seekers into the joy of God’s presence. Yeah, the field of prayer, man is worth everything.
It’s a field that we come into with such innocent wonder. A field of uncultivated power, joy, peace and love. It’s incomparable in its potential. And then we get the opportunity to take, put our hand to the plough and drive furrows into the soil of relationship with the King. We get the opportunity to sow seeds with our lips, seeds of adoration, seeds of prayer, seeds of request, or just fill the field with a multitude of opportunities for God to show up in our life.
And our fruit is born in and from the place of prayer, we water the field with tears, tears of repentance, tears of Thanksgiving, tears of gratitude.
I pray that the field of prayer in my own life and in yours will be cultivated in the warmth and the light of relationship with Jesus, and that your field of prayer would become your sanctuary from every storm, that its treasures would satisfy your craving for significance. Its rich furrows and vines and fruits would satiate your hunger for a life that counts.
Surely there is no other field that I’ve ever found that has so fascinated my heart, so fully captured? My curiosity so completely possessed anything close to worthy of lifelong pursuit? There’s this beautiful, indescribable, delightful, majestic field of prayer. My question to you today is, have you visited your field today? I’ve heard that there’s treasure hidden in there.
Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully, it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website. Davidleemartin.com.
Have a great day.