Pray? I Don't Have Time To Eat!
Have you ever found yourself in condemnation over a less than perfect prayer life? Have you often committed yourself to so many minutes or even hours per day in prayer yet fallen short? Do you then become discouraged and give up trying for a period of time only to find the vicious cycle starting over again? If so, I want to encourage you today and prayerfully give you a new perspective on your prayer life. Are you willing to read on? Good!
Most of us are engaged in a preconceived set of thoughts when it comes to prayer. These thoughts are often woven into our lives at a very young age by parents, family, teachers and church. We specifically see prayer as a time of meditation and sacrifice. God however, sees prayer differently.
Prayer is defined by Webster's as: to address God or a god with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving.
We know that these four parts of prayer come from the example the Lord gave in Luke 11:2-4. Jesus gave us these words as a guide. We can learn how simple they are to use by reading throughout the bible.
According to the bible there are many different types of prayer. Prayer was not distinctly defined as setting time aside, entering into meditation, intercession, tongues and/or crying out intensely and petitioning God. These are all forms of prayer with Him but there is one that is so often overlooked, the one God desires most, the one most often written about in His Word. It is simply this… to always be aware of and acknowledge His presence. It is walking with Him as we would our husband, sister, or friend.
I have had people look at me funny because I stopped in the middle of a conversation with them to say, “Alright God. I get it!” Or in the midst of waiting for my turn to vote today I said, “God help me out here because I am not sure about a couple of these.”
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That was a form of praying. See, I acknowledge and talk to Him whenever I desire to. I don’t bother myself with what others think because I am talking to my Father, my friend. He always answers with revelation, a touch, joy, peace or an overwhelming sense of His love for me.
1 Thessalonians 5:17