Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast... Hebrews 6:19
Picture a vast, majestic ship on the ocean. It stands alone.
It holds a varied sampling of beauty unidentical to the water's blue grey solitude.
It stands out as a single silhouette on the entire horizon. Completely disconnected to safe harbors.
It shows an image of vulnerability. It shows a structure without a foundation. A building that rocks and sways. Without it's one special tool, no matter how beautiful and intricate it's design may be, a person would be stupid to embark on a journey within this extravagant vessel.
Without an anchor, a ship is a dangerous place.
So is our life on this earth when we do not have an Anchor on our ship when we set out on the sea of life.
Without a anchor, any wind of doctrine, any currant of ideas, any direction our ship is tossed towards, would allow our ship to drive unrestrained to any destination in our horizon.
Just as God is far away in the heaven, so is our anchor when it is firmly fastened to the sea bottom. A passerby, a fellow friend, a watching neighbor, a well meaning relative, cannot see the Anchor when they watch our lives headed towards a coming storm.
But that anchor stands secure and is as real as the ship itself.
But, equally so, a strong Anchor and a capable ship can do no good without a strong rope connecting the Anchor to the ship.
Without prayer and without a healthy prayer life, God can do us no good in anchoring us in His will if our connection to Him is weak.
You won't use a simple rope to fasten your anchor to your ship. You condition yourself to remember that in the midst of a storm when you throw your anchor into the water, the thought of seeing the rope snap as the anchor heads to the bottom of the sea will be a moment that can ultimately change the course of your life forever. The eventual termination of your trip may end in a fatal way.
You'll need a rope (or a chain) that meets the criteria of the size of the ship to the size of the anchor. You won't be able to wait until the storm comes and then decide whether or not that rope is safe; a wise man is prepared.
So must our prayer lives be conditioned to face the storms that come our way in life.
The hope we have in God is an Anchor to our souls. It drives away fears. It quenches discouragement when standing alone. It eliminates any need to put our trust into anything else but God. It is steadfast. Immovable.
Prayer is what connects us to our Anchor. Without prayer, a Solid Anchor and a Christian life are insufficient if we don't have the means of activating our Anchor.