When you pray, how do you pray? Now I am assuming that you are a believer in Christ and you pray.
Let’s explore some prayers and what they might reveal about you and me.
- Blessings or I pray over my meals, isn’t that enough? God wants you to understand that He wants to hear all about your life. Don’t you want Him to do more than bless the food?
- I now pray because I need something. God gave us everything-are we seriously asking for more? Maybe you have moved from a mere blessing prayer to requests, but God wants you to consider His Will, not yours. Pray about possibly lining your will up with His.
- “Oh God, help Aunt Ester’s hip to get better and please keep everyone safe.” Prayers for protection-what’s wrong with that? Maybe God has a plan to do more, but it may involve one of life’s tragedies. It would be crazy to think that we would pray for a tragedy (that makes no sense), but what if we prayed for God’s will to be done regardless of the cost? What if what He is putting you through now is painful but He has a plan? “Lord, I trust you and where I don’t trust you, help me. Grow my faith, God.”
- “God, I am angry. God, I don’t want this to be happening. God, leave me alone.” I have been there. But now our prayers have gotten honest. Way to go. God wants to know your heart.
Our prayers reveal a lot about us whether you want them to or not.
If we pray only when we are in trouble, we might believe God helps those in need, but we don’t love Him enough to talk to Him any other time.
That’s not a relationship; that’s selfishness. Remember that friend that only calls or texts you when she wants something? Are we that way with God?
We don’t pray about everything because we think God is not interested. Sure, maybe He doesn’t care what you should wear to the Kentucky Derby (it’s Derby Week!), but He does care about your life. Pray is to be a constant conversation.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
This verse tells us that three things are God’s clear will for us, the middle one being to pray continually.
Rejoice always…when we pray, be thankful. Rejoice. There is always something to be thankful for. Our selfishness would say otherwise, but we must remember that none of this is about us.
It’s all about Him.
When we continue on our journey with prayer, we begin to sense our prayers changing. God begins to mold us into some spiritual maturity. We need to be reading His Word, listening to great pastors, who are teaching us more and more about God’s true nature. As we continue on this journey, we begin praying, “God, not my will but yours. Help me in my unbelief.”
And maybe somedays when we are praying like my recent prayer that stated, “God, you have got to get down here now! Things are way out of control, and I need HELP!” He is thinking, “I love her, but she makes me tired.”
Happy Manic Monday.