I thought about a conversation I had with a friend a while ago. She said she was deeply sad because she missed her late father.
– I totally understand how you feel, I will keep you in my prayers, I said …
Oh no, no, no! I do not need prayer at all, I am not a poor person in need, I have a lot and need nothing, pray for those coming back from war and the poor. -she replied.
How many of us have felt like that about prayer?
the good thing is that she allowed me to explain that when people offers prayer it has NOTHING to do with the condition of the person but IT HAS ALL to do with God’s desire to get involved.
The Bible says, “acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight” (#Proverbs3:6) “bring your concerns to Him because He cares for you” (#1Peter5:7)
What is prayer anyways??
Now, the dictionary’s definition of prayer it’s a good place to start but it does not do justice to what prayer really is.
If I could put it in simpler words I’d say that prayer is talking to God not by repeating a memorized paragraph (which is a good start) but by telling God how we really feel. It is being honest with the Lord about how we see things and perceive things…
to me, prayer is an expression of trust, it is developing a friendship that grows deeper and deeper with time… it is like when I go to the shore and take one step towards the blue waters…. until I realize I am floating several feet away from the bottom.
Prayer is talking to God, we come to Him because we trust He knows what’s best for our concerns and we pray because we desire to know Him more. You might have a different experience,
What is prayer according to you? feel free to express it in the comments.
Why is talking to God so important?
It is in conversation where we get to know more about one specific person, same with prayer, being in relationship with, talking to, praying to God reveals His heart to us. It reveals His desires for my life and for others. “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you” #John15:7
When we remain in conversation with Jesus and remain in His Word, we will learn to pray His kind of prayers…
hahaha!! this reminds me of when the disciples (John and James) asked Jesus if they could call fire from heaven to come over the people of Samaria who rejected them because they were headed to Jerusalem… (Luke 9)
the Bible says that Jesus turned and rebuked them…
Imagine if His disciples who were with Him 24/7 missed the point, how much more you and I who don’t pray regularly. Calling fire from heaven wasn’t Jesus desire for the people!
Letting God’s words remain in our hearts and remaining in Him will teach us to pray His kind of prayers and to care for what He cares.
Prayer is not about saying the right words.
“Oh most awesome, sublime, wonderful, amazing, almighty God….!!!!
that’s all true but God is a secure guy and already knows who He is.
What’s going on in your life? What’s bothering you? What question is in your heart about Him and His plan for your life? go ahead ask, honest prayers are the best.
James 4:2-3 says that we do not receive what we ask for because we do not have the right motives.
If your prayer life is going to be an opportunity to make you feel you are better than others, then NOW it is a good time to stop and see @Becky Willis, (Hope Counseling Center, 22N. Maple Ave, Marlton, NJ) who specializes in trauma. Prayer should help us become Christ like, and compassionate.
Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector? (Luke 18:9)
The Pharisee thanked God that he was not like “everyone else” I think that what makes his prayer good for the ‘weird-awkward moment award’ is that his prayer was about how amazing he was, and how good looking his life was, it has nothing to do with who he really was “a self righteous person” I feel sorry for that guy’s wife! He did not realized how much he needed the Lord’s help and couldn’t see that God was greater than him.
but the tax collector knew he was wrong, that the things he had done were not done God’s way” and he went home justified … These prayers were both honest prayers but only one was a God kind of prayer.
Stay in communication with Jesus to get to know Him and His heart. Letting His Words remain also means that we acknowledge that He knows better and more than us. That we meditate on what He says and when comparing it with our thoughts we will decide to believe His way not our own way of dealing with things.
Pray Jesus kind of prayers and you can count on our good heavenly Father to answer them.
Prayer isn’t ONLY for when you absolutely have to pray… Pray always the Bible says, continually… Without ceasing.
prayer is not just so we can ask, the main focus of prayer is to grow in relationship with a beautiful God who desires to be connected with you and I.
Here are a few tips you might find helpful as you LEARN TO BE WITH JESUS IN PRAYER.
~ Talk with God as you would a good friend.
~ Thank Him for what He is doing in your life right now.
~Talk to Him about items you find interesting in this post or your Church’s service or during your Bible reading
~Use your own words to tell God how you feel and what’s in your heart and let Him know you’ll trust Him.
Tonight’s prayer: ~Dear Lord, help me learn to be with you in prayer. I want to follow you with devotion in my heart.