Good morning It is Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
I was reflecting this morning on prayer. There is such power in prayer! There have been so very many times in my life when I told people I would pray for them. I see Facebook posts from people saying "I'll pray for you" or "we are praying for you"...but do we? Do we pray or do we only think? Thinking and praying are two entirely different things.
Matthew 6:6 ESV "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
It is only in the last few months that I have become very intentional with prayer. I started keeping a prayer journal. It is beside my bed and first thing in the morning, after I have talked with God about how thankful I am to be alive, how much I appreciate Him watching over me while I slept, after I have asked for forgiveness of my sins and said prayers for my children and grandchildren, I will open that prayer journal and start praying for the names inside. I added 2 names yesterday; the list is getting longer and longer.
But that was not always the case. I am guilty of telling people I would pray for them, and then I do not. I forget. I get busy. I think about them and count it as prayer. It does not matter the excuse, the point is, I said I would, and I did not.
If we could truly understand the power in prayer, we would be in communication with God constantly. We are told to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. What would that look like if we could be constantly connected to our Father in Heaven?
For most of my adult life I would jump out of bed, hurry to shower, and get ready for work and pray to God while I was driving or maybe in the shower. Or maybe while I was fixing breakfast, but not like I do now. I was first then; God is first now.
I shared a few weeks back how a crisis in my life drove me to my knees, literally. How that act of worship next to my bed, first thing in the morning, changed me and is changing me still. There is something very special about kneeling to pray. I believe it shows reverence to our Almighty God, but it also causes me to slow down and be intentional with my words and my time with God. My only regret is that I did not discover sooner how special that is.
Psalm 95:6 "Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker."
Now, in all truth I do not always make it to my knees. Some mornings I start praying the second I wake up. And I believe with all my heart God heard my prayers even as I got ready for work or made meals. He hears us!
Jeremiah 29:12 ESV "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you."
Many times, I have thought about God as my daddy. Did you know when the Bible calls God Abba it is basically calling Him our daddy?
What an intimate look at Jehovah!
There are close to 1,000 names and titles for God, but Abba is one of my favorites! christiananswers.net/dictionary/namesofgod
There have been times when coming before God I envision knocking on the door of His study. He says, "come in my girl", with a smile. I enter and walk around His desk and crawl up on His lap. He asks me what is on my mind and I tell Him. I pour my heart out to Him and He listens patiently with love and tenderness toward me. I love that imagery.
Hebrews 4:16 ESV "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
I just want to encourage you, if someone entrusts you with praying for them, make sure you do. There is so much power in prayer. I do not fully understand how it works; I only know it does. Does God need our help? Certainly not, but there is something about connecting with God, and praying for others that causes action. It also builds our faith as we intercede and see miracles happen, answers to our prayers.
Psalm 145:18-19 ESV "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them."
God does not always grant our prayers. I begged God to Heal Wendell. Wendell was even anointed, twice, as we asked God to heal him. It did not go the way we hoped. Wendell passed away on January 2, 2021. But that does not cause me to lose faith in God. God answered our prayers, but the answer was no.
I have learned it is very important to ask God for His will to be done. We do not see what God sees. We do not know what He knows. His ways are not our ways, and His ways are better. Trust Him and never stop praying!
Remember, Jesus is coming soon!