To jam down is a slang phrase that crept into popular culture in the music scene.
We play music informally with other people, and in the process, we create something beautiful.
Let’s break this down into five vital layers of meaning.
1. We play our instrument.
2. We keep it casual, meaning without a formal plan.
3. We are not alone. Other people are involved.
4. We progress through multiple stages of achievement.
5. We wind up with a better result than we started with.
Good prayer follows this same sequence. Let’s look at James 5:16.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Can you see the similarity? Here’s how we jam down in prayer.
1. We speak aloud our needs.
2. We do so in private, not from the pulpit.
3. We pray for the sins of others, and they return the favor.
4. We endeavor to lift ourselves to a higher calling.
5. We receive the answer as God responds to our prayers.
Luke 11:9 says our prayers are answered if we have the courage to ask and believe.
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
John 15:7 says it’s all about our involvement with Jesus.
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Here’s what we need to get from this. Prayer isn’t a solitary activity. We need to jam down, involve our peers, keep it on a one-to-one basis, show we really care for each other. Formal prayers are rote and come across as such. God is a personal God, and he answers our prayers on a personal level.
Let’s spend time with Jesus, and we will become beautiful in him.
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