This week I want to look at how cool it is to PRAY.
First, God doesn’t need our prayers. He is God all by Himself, but He invites us to come confidently to have a heart to heart talk with Him. It’s the same way you may have a heart to heart talk with your spouse or a best friend or if you call a family meeting.
There is difference between reciting a prayer and talking with God. Can you imagine how awkward it will be to pick up someone else’s letter and read it to your spouse when you are having an intimate moment? Reading someone’s letter is not normal when having an intimate moment. Therefore, reciting a prayer is not praying – it is reading.
Prayer time is when you speak to God from your heart. God wants you to use your own words or you can read the scriptures back to God if you are lost for words. He is glad to hear you remind Him of His promises.
Frequent chat times with God make it easier to having honest dialogues. Honest dialogues build lasting friendships. Perfect love leaves no room for fear. We pray because we believe in the power of prayer.
No matter what others think or say – You PRAY. The Book of Psalms is a great book to pray from as the Psalmist David spoke often from a place of inadequacy and dependence on God. Just one Psalm a day catches God’s attention. He is a heart specialist skilled in finding and treating all problems that overwhelms your heart.
Prayer is powerful. Pray the scriptures back to God. Go ahead and insert your name, or a family member, or a friend’s name to make the prayer more personal. God is always listening – keep on praying.
Psalms 37:5-8 says, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret—it only causes harm.”
Example of a personalized prayer using the scripture above: Father, today I commit my way of life to You. I trust Your plans for my life. You will make Your goodness to shine bright on me. The evidence of Your amazing love will sparkle on my life like the noonday sun. I will be quiet before You. I will wait patiently for You. I will not fret when people succeed in their ways, or when evil people carry out their wicked plans. I will not become disheartened while I wait on You. You my God will bring everything to come to pass in the fullness of Your set time. In Jesus Name, Amen.