Before any force leaves base, they do a series of checks. One of those things they check is communications. Before even leaving they want to the be able to communicate with base of operations. Communication is so important in warfare. In the field, you need real time info of enemy positions provided by satellite or drone surveillance. You need to communicate for clarification or direction for the mission objective. You may need to call in support or medical evacuation. There are so many reasons to have a connection with base of operations. That’s why it is vital to make sure communication is synced up correctly before you head out into enemy territory.
I think it is easy to see that application for us as Christians. How is our communication with command, with our base of operations? Are we staying plugged in and synced with God? There should be a continual connection on our part (1 Thess. 5:17). We should pray with fervor (Jas. 5:16). We also need to come with boldness before the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16).
To maintain the right frequency on our prayers we need to be obedient (1 John 3:22-24). We need to be righteous as the ears of the Lord are attentive to the righteous (1 Pet. 3:12). We need to ask according to His will, by doing so we keep everything in perspective (1 John 5:14-15). We need to ask in faith, doubting nothing (Jas. 1:5-7). We must have the right motive in our prayers (Jas. 4:3-6). We need to pray without wrath and doubting (1 Tim. 2:8).
What should pray for? Why should we call back to base of operations? We need to pray for our daily needs (Matt. 6:11). We need to pray for forgiveness of sins (Acts 8:22-24). We need to pray for God’s people (Phil. 1:9-11). We need to pray for our enemies, as difficult as it may be (Matt. 5:44). We need to pray for the sick (Jas. 5:14). We need to pray for strength in the time of temptation (Matt. 6:13). We need to pray in order to resist temptation (Matt. 26:41). It could all be summed up in praying for everything (Phil. 4:6).
God wants our communication. We need to keep that in perspective. The Creator of the universe wants me to communicate with Him. What a blessing that we have been given in prayer. Satan is that roaring lion, and we need help confronting the enemy. We’ve tried on our own, and we know the results. We are powerless by ourselves. Every ability, spiritual blessing, and spiritual fortification is in God and Christ. Why would we try to live a spiritual life on our own without that most vital connection? We must cultivate the habit and not let it slip. It needs to be something that we look forward to doing and know that God is listening.