Day 2 – Conversation with God
When we pray using God’s own words, we make a statement that we approve the scripture. Our prayers should always be in full agreement to WHATEVER God finally allows to happen. Jesus Himself prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane – “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.”
You always have God’s full attention when He knows you will be simply fine with His method of handling the matter at hand. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
There are times when we need others to support us when the needs become too heavy to carry. Relationships matter – don’t just ask others to pray for you and that’s the only time they hear from you. Totally unacceptable. Agreement comes naturally with relationships. Just think of all the things life throws at us – death, loss, illness, worry, financial difficulties, grief, and marital problems – we all need someone to lean on. Relationship is important to God and to humans.
On the other hand – Praying alone is a bonus as we get to spend time alone with God. Tears flow as our hearts become tender in the Presence of God. In John 15:15, Jesus says He no longer calls us His servants, but calls us His friends. The best friendship is with God. He doesn’t disclose our secrets, or our feelings. Alone with God is a safe place to be locked into deep conversations.
Our prayers do not change God’s mind. God changes our minds to bring about the best for us. You go before God with one thing on your mind and you walk away with confidence knowing whatever it may be – it is well with me. Prayer changes our perspective on things and our hearts are quieted before God.
Our prayer times can feel boring if we’re praying the same things over and over again. So, open the Bible – there are always new scriptures to bring before God. Pray until something changes in you and about you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says, “Pray without ceasing.” This is the complete verse in the Bible.
To pray without ceasing does not mean you’ve got to pray 24/7 and feel guilty for every second you’re not praying. It is a lifestyle – in other words don’t just get up in the morning and pray for ten or twenty minutes and then don’t pray again until the next day. It is a lifestyle.
Example of a personalized Prayer using the scripture above: God, you said in your Word to pray without stopping. Give me the ability to make my prayer time a lifestyle where I can communicate with You all day long. Comfort me so I can comfort others. Make me better than yesterday so I can help others. Make me patient so I can be patient with others. Let me follow what is good so good could follow me. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.