As Christians we should all know how powerful prayer can be. Prayer is our direct line to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. When you call on him you don’t have to worry about going to his voice mail or receiving an automated voice response system, he is always on the other end of his children’s prayer. I feel this is such a powerful tool and yet we do not treasure it or utilize it the way we should.
If we are honest, a lot of times we are just going through the motion when we pray. We look at it as a duty and not the honor that it truly is. We make it short and sweet so we can get on with our day. Some of us even have a memorized go to prayer so we don’t feel guilty for not praying. This is not how God intended us to use prayer. He wants a true relationship with us and wants us to spend time with him. I know we are all busy with our day to day lives but God wants to be a part of your day to day. Prayer should not just be our 911 calls for help. Yes, God wants us to pray to him when we are in trouble, hurt, or have a need; but he also wants to hear from us when things are going good in our lives. He wants to know the desires of your heart, so share your thoughts and dreams with him. You can pray driving down the road, at work, cleaning your house or even at Wal Mart. Give thanks to him each day for the blessings in your life. We tend to focus on what we don’t have instead of giving thanks for what we do have.
These 2 scriptures came to mind as I was writing this. One tells you when to pray and the other tells you what to pray.
• I Thessalonians 5:16 – 18 says Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
• Phillippians 4: 6 – 7 Be Anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I wonder what would our lives be like if we prayed the way God intended. What if we prayed without ceasing and gave thanks to him in everything. I believe you would see our Joy return. I believe you would see the weight that the world puts on us lifted. God puts things in perspective for you when you pray. Sometimes the stresses that we put on ourselves are due to what the world says we should be or what we should have and God will show that to you in prayer. God is worried about what we look like on the inside not what we have on the outside. I am not saying there is anything wrong with having nice things, I am just saying this should not be your priority. We are not going to stand before God and be judged by the house we live in, the car we drive, or the clothes we wear. We will be judged by what is on the inside. We will be judged for what we did or did not do for God on this earth.
Just remember God loves you and he wants to hear from you today. So, let’s stop just making 911 prayers to God. Let’s start just talking to God throughout our day. Thank him for the many blessings he has given you and share your heart with him. He will always listen to his children when they pray.
Hope you all have a great day in Jesus Christ!!