Prayer is such an intimate thing that I sometimes hesitate talking about it, for the Lord says that we should pray in secret, not so that others hear. But the purpose of this article is simply sharing what I have learned. Here are three things that I have learned about prayer.
First, I have found that prayer is more about fellowshipping with God than it is about anything else. As I worship, ask questions, and talk about things with God, I am learning to fellowship with Him. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:9 that we were created for fellowship with Jesus.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
I love just to talk to Him about things, worship Him, and thank Him for what He does daily in my life. I have found that over time the intimacy grows deeper just as any relationship does over time if you commit yourself to it. As a husband and wife do things together, love each other, and walk through life together, they learn so much about each other, and the relationship becomes deeper and deeper. This is true of our relationship with Jesus. The more we spend time alone with Him, the deeper and more meaningful that relationship becomes.
Second, I do not pray without reading the Word. My devotional time is a combination of talking to God and reading God’s Word. He so often speaks to me through the Word, and I can sense that He is directly speaking to me. There are times when I pray without reading the Word, but my main time of prayer in the morning is always alongside the Word. I have come to realize that there is someone literally right there speaking to me through the Word: the Holy Spirit.
Third, I have learned not to use prayer as a means to an end. I don’t pray just to get God to do something for me. Very little of my prayer time is asking for something for myself. How would you like it if someone only came to you when they wanted something? We would tend to feel used. My goal is just to know Him. I want to see Him, enjoy Him, and fellowship with Him. I do ask for things when praying for others, asking for wisdom, and at times for myself. After asking, I trust Him to work it out without telling Him how to work out the situation. I know that I can trust Him and that He hears our prayers.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Praying has become a precious and enjoyable time. I do not see it as a burden or a part of a checklist for the day. I need to know Him and fellowship with Him. I am the one blessed and ministered to when I spend time with Him on a daily basis.
In His Love,