I have been in ministry for a long time. While there are benefits for longevity, there are also some pitfalls. I want to address one of the traps. I was reminded early this morning about the need for intense prayer. Let’s get real for a minute. Any believer worth their salt know about and understand the importance of prayer. Many times because of busyness we allow this critical function to fall by the wayside. I want to present to my readers this morning that daily prayer is much more than knowing about and recognizing the need for powerful prayer. Many believe that the demise of our great country began when prayer was taken out of our public school systems. My friend Mike reminded me this morning that the problem started when we took prayer out of the church. We pray, but we have made it part of our program. We often run through it quickly to allow us time to accomplish other things. Friends, we need to hear from God. Hearing from God is vital!
We have to understand that prayer is the key! No matter how awkward it may feel. God wants to hear from us. Something special begins to take place when we unload the wagon by expressing all that we are dealing with at our time of prayer. God hears our prayers! By showing our needs to God helps us process His will for us. Opening up before God gives Him the opportunity to speak to us. Communication is the desired outcome. We know that the prayer connection is two way. So while you are praying, make sure to make time for silence. Many times it is in these moments of silence when God speaks to us.
The Lord appeared to Solomon after he had completed the temple and the Bible tells us “…and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” God was pleased with Solomon and the house of the Lord that he had built. This permanent facility was for the people of Solomon’s day to go and make sacrifices to the Lord. People would communicate with God on these visits to the temple. Today things are a little different. We are the body of Christ. Our bodies are the temple. Because we are the body, we should be in constant communication with the Father. This particular time happens when we humbly come before Him, searching for His will for our lives. Through prayer, the Holy Spirit has time convict us of the sin that breaks our fellowship with the Father. True conviction turns us from wickedness and opens the heavens open and allows us to hear God.
So the point for my blog this morning is for us to remove the awkwardness that prayer might bring for some people. Prayer is an exercise that gets easier the more we do it. Every marathon runner has to start with shorter runs. A budding marathon prayer warrior must begin with a plan. I want to encourage you to find a time and a place to commence your prayer training. I would suggest a Bible, Journal, and pen so that you can organize your thoughts. The more you pray, the less awkward you will feel. There is no time like the present to get started, so pray!
I love you all!