LET’S TALK ABOUT PRAYER
Prayer…it is our conversation for a deep personal relationship with our Father in heaven. When we want to get to know someone, we talk to them. Even if you decide to Facebook stalk people…you are getting to know them, hopefully to make conversation with them and not to just be nosey.
But looking at prayer, we read our bibles (God’s Faithbook) and we read it to get to know who He is and we have conversation based off what we have learned. At least that is the way we are to approach prayer. With who He is.
Our Father, who is in heaven.
Let’s hang out there for a moment. Our father shows our relationship with God. He is our father. A father is relational with His children. Comforts, loves, cares for, listens to, is merciful. Now, let me make this clear, the next part explains the difference between his Fatherhood and our earthy fathers….He IS IN HEAVEN! This let’s us know he is mighty and majestic, He is holy. Our earthy fathers can not live up to our Heavenly Father. (Some children don’t have the kind of father listed in the characteristics above. Which sometimes makes it hard to understand what kind of father He is. And I’m sorry that has happened to you and my heart breaks for the fatherless or absent fathers, or even cold fathers. But we can not look at our Heavenly Father the way we look at our earthly fathers. Our earthly fathers are sinners and our Heavenly Father is sinless, Holy, Righteous.)
When we approach prayer, it should be with a reverence to who He is. He is our loving Daddy and He is MIGHTY. So prayer may start off like this:
“Father, you are my Comforter. My Helper and my Salvation. You’ve adopted me as you child and I love you and know that you are Good. I’m in awe of who you are. Mighty, Sovereign, Creator of the universe, the One and only God who has a plan for the universe, but also a unique plan for my individual life. I’m in awe of who I am speaking to.”
If we don’t start prayer with who we are approaching, the thrown of God, through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, then we will be coming to Him selfishly. As if we are rubbing a lamp and making wishes.
Prayer is personal. Being saved is not by works, but by a personal relationship with God and we have a conversation daily without ceasing with our Heavenly Father. The veil has been torn and Jesus interceded for us and still does so that we can approach our Father in prayer. Only the holiest of holies were able to do this in the Old Testament. We forget this incredible gift that has been lavished on us. We take it for granted and forget to pray over our meals, confess our sins daily, ask for wisdom. Prayer is a gift. Let’s get to know our Heavenly Father.
My daughter and I have been talking about this lately. She went into her room one night and started praying and asked God for help. She then grabbed her Bible and started reading some verses. She told me the next morning. “I hope you aren’t mad, but I stayed up and read my Bible last night after I prayed. And I read a verse that answered my prayer.” I was ecstatic. I told her, “you just had a conversation with God, that’s awesome!!”
I’m currently working on my prayer life. I went through a season of not feeling like I could approach Him. That I wasn’t good enough and I could not ask for anything. But I realized that I was getting dehydrated and my Bible study started being more knowledge than a relationship. I approached my bible as studying to become smarter and more knowledgeable rather than in deep awe and conversation with God. Sounds like the Pharisees. As we approach learning to study God’s word, we can not leave out prayer.
There are many resources to prayer. I’ve used prayer guides that line up with scripture to start my prayers or guide them so that I don’t come before Him with a selfish heart. Sometimes they are exactly what I wanted to say. I want conversation so bad with the Lord and sometimes I’m at a loss. So I will grab one of my prayer books and start praying prayers in them. I also go to Psalms and pray the psalms. Which we will get into further into this series.
I hope this has been enlightening. You may have already known all this and that is awesome. I love how the Lord shows us the way when we pray and seek His guidance.
Love to you all.