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How To Look At Prayer

Friends

There is no greater privilege for anyone than being able to personally talk with and speak into the ears of Almighty God.  I love the stickers that are around our church that say “Pray, You Never Stand Taller Than When You Are on Your Knees.” 

No church program, religious event, political effort, or humanitarian cause can trump the awesome power of what God can do in response to the prayers of His people.  I love the verse found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  If ever we needed this verse it is now!  It is for our community, our state, our nation, and the whole world.

I can teach you about prayer, and that is what we are looking at during this series; but the most important thing I can teach you about prayer is your fulfillment in prayer and your fruitfulness in prayer will not be dependent upon how much you know about prayer, but how much you know about God.  The more you understand God, the better your prayers are going to be, the more effective they will be, the more fulfilled they will be, the more satisfying your prayer life will be.

It's not about learning all about prayer.  That's important, but more important than that is understanding God, and it starts with the fact that God is a multidimensional God.

Multidimensional God means that He is not just one dimension and when you start looking you can see this in many different things.  Romans 1:20 NIV, “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

Just think, God created you.  God uses His Word, people, and circumstances to mold us.  All three are indispensable for character development.  God’s Word provides the truth we need to grow, God’s people provide the support we need to grow, and circumstances provide the environment to practice Christlikeness.

How’s your prayer life?  It’s a simple question, but it can be tough to answer.  Literally it sounds like, “How has your talking to God been lately?”  Emotionally it might feel like, “Sum up your relationship with God at this point in your life.”  Bible reading, by comparison, is clearer and more “objective.”  How many pages?  How far along in your plan?  Which books have you been reading?  What have you learned?  Prayer does not fit into an Excel spreadsheet quite as easily.

God means for your life — married or unmarried, student or employee, young or old — to run on the power of prayer.  Prayer fuels the engine of your heart and mind. It’s not Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, or Instagram; it’s prayer.  You need God in and through prayer more than you need anything else.  We will not do anything of any real and lasting value without God, which means we will not do anything of any real and lasting value without prayer.

And yet you probably feel as insecure about your prayer life as you feel about anything. Prayer might be, at the same time, the most pivotal and most puzzling activity in the Christian life.  It is the lifeline and life-mystery for believers.  We know we need to pray, but we know we don’t pray enough.  And we are not always sure we are even doing it right when we do pray.  Should I even be asking God for this?  Should I still be asking God for this?  Do I even know what I need?

There are times in life when you will be motivated to pray.  It may be because of a crisis, a hope, or a fear that feels all-consuming.  But prayer should also be a part of your daily schedule.  And not just before meals or when going to bed.  I am talking about a time set aside solely to focus on the Lord and your relationship with Him.

When looking at the Bible is there a verse that tells us to pray?  1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT, “Never stop praying.”  You and I are encouraged to pray all the time.  The result of this means we should never be far from the attitude or action of talking and listening to God.  Prayer should be a natural part of our thinking.  Not just in our worship but in our work.  Not just in quiet moments but also in our chaos.  We pray because He’s there.  We pray because He’s God.  We pray because He cares.  We pray because He is a good God. 

Okay so what if you don’t pray all day long, is that wrong or a sin?  I don’t think any one prays all day long.  That would be impossible.  But if we were to say that kids play constantly or that teenagers text their friends constantly, we would not mean they never do anything else except playing or texting nonstop. 

We would just mean that throughout the day, kids are often trying to integrate play into what they are doing.  Many of our youth communicate hourly with their friends on social media.  Likewise, God desires that prayer become an ongoing opportunity we take full advantage of – quietly praising, thanking, and leaning on Him at any moment and context in our minds and hearts.

The way we should look at prayer is a crucial part of the life of a believer.  It is a priority and a passion. 

So, determine today that prayer will be the priority God wants it to be in your life.  Choose to start each day in prayer.  To end each day with prayer.

Make Every Day Count!

Barry

See you Sunday, don’t stay at home, come learn to pray with us.