I never stop believing – but sometimes I stop praying. There is no reason why. Life gets busy, I am tired, excuse after excuse – it just happens. That is until I run into problems. Then I pray. Many times we pray out of desperation, when our heart is broken within us. We choke out words of sadness looking for mercy from God. Our voice cracks as we are burdened by sorrow. It is at those times when we are trying to pray instead of praying. It is like the difference between trying to skate and skating. If you know how to skate and do it regularly, you move about the rink with ease. But if you do not invest the time to practice and learn how to skate properly, you will find yourself on the floor with bumps and bruises. Praying can be like that.
When in desperation we pray, we find it difficult to find the right words, without the comfort of daily communion with God. So we say the words, recite this verse and that verse, but the words are sometimes shallow. A voice to God without relationship that is regular and familiar can lead to hollow prayer, with our words twisted up in unfamiliarity as we attempt to communicate in desperation and not in fellowship and communion.
If we find ourselves in regular communication with God, there can be prayer without even speaking a single word. The greatest prayer ever prayed consisted of only three words. Such is the power of communion with God. In praying to God we seek Him to recognize us, we want to be found. We want to be seen by Him. We want our words to have weight as we sometimes grope in unfamiliarity, trying to find the right words that might catch God’s ear as we present our small offering of prayer.
When these times come and they always will we must remember that it is Christ who breathes God’s words into our hearts and allows His Spirit to give wings to our prayers to carry them to the very heart of God that they may be heard. He will speak through us a true prayer gathered in hope and given in sincerity and offered to God with authority. He has an impeccable resume in this area as He became flesh as we are. And in His greatest moment of pain and distress as He hung upon the cross, He too searched for the words as he hung there; struggling with sorrow, engulfed in suffering He choked out the words and offered them up to the Father. It is finished. The greatest prayer ever prayed. Three fragile, yet powerful words offered up to God, changed everything from the beginning of time throughout all eternity.
Those three words spoken in His greatest despair, will rescue us in ours. So spend time with Jesus, learn to commune with Him and fellowship with Him, as the words it is finished also pertains to your prayers offered up to God. All the doubt and fear about prayer can be removed as He hears us, He sees us and recognizes us and will hear our prayers as they are offered up with the authority of the blood of Christ.
Romans 10:8 His word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming.
The word that saves is right here, it is in your mouth, and as close as the heart beating in your chest. Proclaim it in faith God’s word tells us. It’s the word of faith spoken by our lips that welcomes Jesus to go to work and set things right in our lives. Say the welcoming word to God—”In Jesus name I pray”-speak His word and He will make your words come alive. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s the benefit of His salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right for you, and then you say it, right out loud: “Jesus You have set everything right in my life, all my hope and trust is in You!” It is finished.
- God Honors Consistent Prayer (prayerworkscafe.org)
- Some Ways I Pray (inkindle.wordpress.com)
- Embracing A Life of Continuous Prayer (steveatwood.wordpress.com)
- How you can go from “saying” your prayers to “praying” your prayers… (rcspiritualdirection.com)
- Prayer. (wakeywakeysunshine.wordpress.com)
- The Power of Prayer (lifegivingwater.wordpress.com)