Hi, and good mornin to you my friend. This post is not intended to be a comprehensive examination of Christian prayer. But rather, it’s intended to give the Christian a fresh perspective on prayer who may be struggling in their prayer life.
So to establish & understand the correct Christian mindset in general, let’s embrace God’s guidance in 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18:
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
However like you perhaps, my praying has different expressions.
Sometimes I pray for some situation only once, and other topics are ongoing subjects in my prayers. Sometimes when I’m really upset about something, I’ll get really focused about a situation and put my face to the floor and pray. But most of the time, my praying is ongoing talk with God as I go about my life.
And frequently I don’t use many words in my prayers at all. I’ll just lie there in bed before I get up in the mornin, contemplating either what God has done, or what He is doing in my life and family. (And scripture speaks about the child of God doing this as well in Psalm 63.6,7):
“When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
So I don’t have one main expression of prayer.
And the reason why I’m telling you this, is so that you don’t think that you have to conform to some kind of formula for your prayers to be heard by God.
Your talking with your heavenly Father should be natural, not a chore to check off. (And you don’t have to call on God to leave heaven and come to you to hear your prayers either). That’s because ever since pentecost, the Holy Spirit now indwells every child of God. And because of His indwelling, God hears your prayers 24/7, (regardless of the circumstance you’re in when you talk with God).
Here’s Jesus prophesying that the Holy Spirit would come and indwell Christians after His resurrection & return to heaven:
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
(And Jesus is praying for you too, and has given you open access to the throne of grace):
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.“
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.“
So I will conclude this post about prayer with Matthew 6.5,6:
“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.“
That was beautiful wasn’t it?
Well I hope that you have been blessed by what you have read here, and I that you will draw closer to God in your prayers.
Thank you for visiting my post.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
And no glory to us whatsoever!