What is prayer? What isn’t prayer?
Sometimes I try to manipulate God with my words. “God, I will do this if you will do that!” Or “God, I will never do that again if you will just do this for me!” Or how about this prayer, “God, if you will take this away I will serve you the rest of my life.”
These are prayers of desperation and sometimes prayed with the wrong motivation. God understands.
Prayer is simply conversation with God. Listening. Asking. Sharing. Being still.
The cool thing about prayer is that I can go to my Father any time, any place. He is always available. Always ready to listen. I love that about God. He is interested in our heart; our motivation. Not so much how long and what eloquent words we use.
As a Christian, when it comes to prayer, sometimes I just have no words. There are so many needs I do not know where to begin. Health issues, a friends wayward child, aging parents, tired mama’s, weary job searching man, loss of a loved one, turmoil in the world, anxiety in a mind, on and on. It’s in those times I just say the name of Jesus.
I admit, I don’t pray as much as I should. How much “should” I pray? How long “should” I pray? I don’t think “should” is in God’s vocabulary. Should signifies legalism to me. The grace of God wants me to pray. He desires to spend time with me so I need to change “should” to “want”.
The habit of Praying leads to a life lived in Faith
I want to pray. It’s a discipline but a discipline that can turn into a habit. Yes, a habit of prayer is one I desire because the habit of prayer leads to a life lived in faith.
How do we pray continually, as the Bible talks about in 1 Thessalonians 5? I think it’s praying immediately when you see or hear of a need. Quietly asking God to intervene. Or praying continually is just going about your day, communicating with Him about anything.
Expressing thankfulness is prayer of appreciation. God is worthy of our thankfulness and worship. Worship Prayer is thanking God for that beautiful sunset or the delicate petals on a beautiful flower. He loves our grateful prayers.
Do you ever dream about or think of someone from your life years ago? I think to myself, “wonder where they are now?” This happened to me the other night. I dreamed of a friend from 20 years ago. We were close friends and we shared a desire to have a child back then. In my dream, I saw her at Costco and she told me she had moved to Minnesota and she had 4 daughters. I woke up with her still on my mind so I prayed for her even though I do not know what might be going on in her life. I believe this is how the Holy Spirit nudges us to pray for someone. I have lost contact with her, but God has her close. Always close. I hope she received her answer to her prayer for a child.
I did not have a child though I prayed relentlessly for one. But I believe God answered that prayer. He answers every prayer. It may not always be the way we want but that is where trusting Him comes in.
Dear Heavenly Father, I desire to pray more. Communicating with You is a privilege. There are many needs but you are a big God, in control of all things. I commit to lifting up others to you. Thank you for the answers and for hearing all our requests. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Dear Friends, Please feel free to leave your prayer requests or send an email through the Say Hi page at the top. I would love to pray for you.
In His Grace,