What’s So Important About Prayer?
Prayer: A reverent petition made to God
Humbling our heart to a God we can’t see. Does it make a difference? Is it worth our time?
My mind drifts as I think of everything I need to do. Is their time to pause? Is their time to pray? Maybe I could multitask? Watch the kids, clean the dishes, plan my day’s agenda all while giving a shout out for uncle Jim’s stubbed toe. Sure, God hears us anywhere we pray, but are we praying in a reverent way? In a way that we expect mountains to move? In a way that we are bowing to a risen King? I have tried both types of prayer, and from personal experience, pausing, and taking my time to focus and humble my spirit to Christ is the way to go. I have to shamelessly admit that when I have tried to multitask, or was distracted there are times I have forgotten I prayed. I remember an instance at the dinner table, where food was doubly blessed that night.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Our Toughest Trials
I am beginning to think that times of our heaviest trials is where we need to model our prayers, because that is when they are sincere and passionate. Praying from the heart to a God who does hear, and does care. Unfortunately, these times not only become the most passionate for people, but also the only time when people bow their heads in prayer. Would you consider someone a friend if they only came to you in the bad times? Should we really consider our self a follower of Jesus Christ if we only address Him when we are in need? Who are we fooling?
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
God is not a Genie in a Bottle
God doesn’t always answer exactly what we prayed for. His will is above ours and sometimes the mountains moved are the mountains within our heart. But I am confident that prayer is not for naught, and that we have to realize that we are missing out when we don’t pray. Prayer is thanksgiving, confession, sharing your dreams, fears, and burdens. God says, “My yoke is easy but my burden is light.” Without prayer you are fighting a losing battle, of being convicted to do what is right, but only using part of the tools God gave us. You may leave more distraught then when you started, because no one is perfect. God doesn’t say good your saved now go about your business. He is a personal God. My misconception of parenting (before I became a parent) was that parents were just overseers. That they watched what their kids from a distance, and once in a while interjected their thoughts. Now that I am a parent I realize that it is holding and guiding their every step. That is God’s relationship with us.
I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you
How Far will we Go?
Are you willing to “Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul,” and allow yourself to be loved in return? Are you willing to be vulnerable with the God of the universe so He can accomplish in you and through you more than you can ask or imagine. God knows our name, we just have to fully wrap our heads around this awesome realization.
See, I have written your names on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
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