Is God your last resort?
When you pray to God, are you praying as a last resort? Is your world crumbling around you and you have no where else to turn? Frankly, is God your only hope at this point? Well, I firmly believe that God is OK with being your shoulder to cry on and even carrying you through troubled times. However, should our quiet moments with God be spent more effectively rather than when we are at the ‘end of our rope?’
How should we be praying?
Just as we should not take for granted waking up every day, we should value the opportunity we have to speak to our God in daily prayer. As stated in 1 John 5:14, ‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.’ It helps to think that our greatest privilege in life is to have God on our cheering committee.
Nonetheless, we often find ourselves asking God for help with something or for someone when we pray. When you are having a conversation with a friend, do you typically do all the talking or do you practice listening skills? Better yet, are you reaching out to a friend or family member simply out of obligation or because you need something from them? Well, praying to God should be more about building upon a relationship with him. In fact, we should pray throughout our day (not just before we go to sleep) and praise his almightiness. Consider James 5:13 ‘Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.’ Slow down when praying and take time to listen for God’s response.
The act of praying
When considering how to pray, let’s reflect upon the ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ as stated in Matthew 6 9 -13: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. Let us not come into temptation, but deliver us from evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.’
In the beginning, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ states how we should praise his name and revere him. Think of the sovereignty of being able to speak to the creator of all things.
Next, the statement, ‘your will be done,’ is allowing God to take charge of whatever situation you’re facing. It’s the acceptance of relinquishing control of whatever is troubling you over to God.
‘Give us today our daily bread’ is an affirmation that we believe God will give us what we need today. This statement keeps us centered by staying in the moment and not worrying about an uncertain future.
The next statement, ‘And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,’ is about glorifying God that he forgave us of our sins and therefore, forgive and love our neighbors. I believe the best way to make a difference in this world is to discover ways to do for others.
Lastly, ‘Let us not come into temptation, but deliver us from evil one,’ is analogous to God holding our umbrella during a torrential downpour. In essence, we are asking God to veer us away from temptation and keep us going down a more righteous path.
Be deliberate in prayer
With all this being said, my advice to you would be to be deliberate when you pray. In addition, allow your words to come from the heart and not your head. As stated in Proverbs 3:5 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.’ If the tears begin to flow, chances are you are having a successful prayer. Take comfort in knowing that God wants to wipe away our tears: John 14:27 ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’
Personally, I am currently going through a situation in my life where prayer is the only thing that gives me peace. Consequently, I find comfort in John 14:27 ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ Remain stead fast in your prayers and God will not leave you disappointed.
So there you have a more effective method of prayer. Here’s to living your best life ever! Feel free to leave me a comment or any insight you may have on this topic.