Good Morning Beloved,How are you today?
I hope and trust that you had a good weekend… Mine was quite refreshing,I was able to get some rest in but more significantly I got to do quite a bit of soul searching…
Lately I have been pondering the importance of Prayer in my own life and in the life of every human… Every single person on this earth needs to be connected to God who is our life source.
One of the primary ways in which we maintain this connection is through Prayer…for a moment there I was tempted to say sincere prayer but is it really prayer if it’s not sincere?
This brings me to another question… What exactly is Prayer?
Merriam Webster defines it as “an earnest request or wish…”
But is that all it is?
I like this definition from Matt Slick,President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry,
Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God. Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian. Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.
Prayer in essence then is communication with God.It is a deep unpretentious,real,raw exchange with God that involves the pouring out of one’s heart and soul.
Prayer is what fuels the engine of our souls…
It is a matter of fact that no relationship can thrive without there being communication (by communication I do not mean one person talking,that is a monologue).
Communication involves shared meaning,there must be an exchange,each party must understand and connect with what the other person is saying,even if they do not agree.There must also be Feedback.
A significant aspect of Communication therefore, is listening.
Prayer includes Listening to the voice of God .It is in our prayer time that God reveals His heart to us ,it is a time of deep intimacy and fellowship between us and Him.
So if we know all of this,why is it so hard to pray?
- Prayer requires effort on our part,it involves reaching after God with everything that we have.Most times we just want a quick fix or a release or a breakthrough but we do not really want to spend time engaging the mind and heart of God
- Prayer requires us to be raw,vulnerable,unmasked…when we truly begin to pray,there will be no room for hypocrisy,we come in direct contact with who we truly are…We face the Mirror of God and we are afraid…
- Prayer requires total surrender,we have to let go off pride and the grandiose illusions we have of our selves.In prayer we have to come off our high horse and often fall flat on our face, in a muddled heap or a pool of tears.In prayer we truly realise we are not all that and we release all false sense of control
At this stage of my life,more than ever I realise how desperately I need Prayer.Although we have Corporate prayer where we all come together at church and send our petitions to God,I’ve come to understand that Personal Prayer time is Key to my own growth and development as a person.
My spiritual life overall is dependent on the strength of my prayer life….
Even Jesus while He walked this earth made it a point of duty to steal away multiple times during the day to pray and we can definitely see the fruits of that in His Ministry.
He changed lives everywhere He went.
For me to truly walk in Purpose,I must Pray…
Beloved,have a great week….I cannot share all that is on my heart in this one post but I hope it is enough for you to ponder…
While you are at it,here are some scriptures to consider :
1 Thessalonians 5:17 King James Version (KJV) “Pray without ceasing.”
Matthew 14:23 “And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.”
Luke 6:12″He went of to the mountain to pray and spent the whole night in prayer to God”
Psalm 141:2″Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”
One moment of time spent in prayer is an investment into eternity…
Pray on Beloved…
Have a blessed week!