Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Prayer is vital in our daily walk, as follower’s of Jesus Christ. It is how we communicate, one on one with our Heavenly Father. It should be considered sacred time, between you and God, and taken very seriously.
How much time do you spend in Prayer, on a daily basis? If you are like me, it is nowhere near enough as it should be. See friends, I have myself convinced, that my Prayers don’t sound as eloquent, as other people’s prayers do. Believe it or not, but I have always been rather shy, and have had trouble speaking, in front of other people. I get so tongue-tied, and filled with anxiety.
For instance, I LOVE the ladies in my Lifegroup dearly, but I feel that I’m so lacking in speech, compared to them. It seems their words just flow endlessly and perfectly, without even thinking about them. Me on the other hand…NOT SO MUCH! I struggle terribly, and I don’t want to come across, as not being good enough, or less than, in their eyes. How silly of me right. Do you ever feel that way?
Why do we make things more difficult, than they need to be. What it boils down to is, we are speaking to our BEST FRIEND! If we want to have a deeper relationship with God, we must communicate with him. The more time we spend with him, the more intimately we will know and understand him. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15).
This is my personal opinion, I believe we get too comfortable, thinking that God knows are needs anyway, so why should we speak them aloud. God has us in the palms of his hands. Yes, that’s true, but he still wants us, to be personable with him. My Pastor did a sermon on this topic, this past Sunday, and it was an eye opener to me, how he stated it. “Live as if there is NO POWER, unless you pray!
Friends, Prayer changes us, not God. As we share our hearts with God, he is molding us and changing our hearts, to be more like his. The more time we spend with Him, the more we become like him. Our habits and lifestyles change. Our focus will be on the eternal, not the things of this world. We will be thinking about ourselves less, and others more.
Whatever our situations may be, and whatever we may be going through, God wants us to cast those cares to him. I know I’ve said this countless times, but our greatest trials, will become our greatest testimonies. Often times, God will throw us in the deep end, so our ONLY source, will be to solely rely on him, and him alone. God wants to hear us shout, “I NEED YOU!” “I CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!” See friends, God is building our faith and character.
How often are you quick, to pray and give God praise, in the good times, but not so quick in the bad? Regardless y’all, we need to do so at ALL times. Even when it hurts! Even when it’s hard! If for no other reason, that God saves us, even though he didn’t have to. If someone comes to you, and asks for you to pray for them, don’t just say, I will be praying for you. PRAY THEN! NOT LATER!
We can become so spiritually weary, and weighed down, by the trials of our lives, that prayer may be the last thing, we want to do. We would rather deal with our struggles in private, than to ask others to pray, for our situations. Why is that friends? Our Christian community is supposed to be a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE! It’s suppose to be a safe place, where we can uplift one another.
It’s a shame we try to hide, what we may be struggling with. Sadly, we think God doesn’t see us. We feel God doesn’t care about, what’s causing us so much pain. He has more important things to deal with, than our insecurities. By appearance, we can make it look, as if all is well, when that is further from truth. We let others see, what we want them to see.
I have several Autoimmune Disorders, and I get asked ALL THE TIME by others, how am I doing. I don’t want to come across as needy, and seeking attention, so usually I just give the response, “I’m doing Ok.” I think many can see, right through my rather vague response, but I do NOT want to be the one, where people wants to avoid me, and say’s NOT again! So I just deal with it myself.
Like me, so many try to conceal and carry burdens alone. Maybe a different circumstance, but it’s still the same. Here are a few my pastor used as examples. See if you see yourself in them.
- Secret Sins
- Marital Trouble
- Doubting God
- Anger and Bitterness
My question to you, is what’s weighing you down today friends? What have you NOT taken to God in prayer? Do you realize that unconfessed sin, blocks the arteries of our hearts, when we pray. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. (James 4:3).
When you work…You work
When you pray….God works.
Remember, God does extraordinary things, in ordinary people.
Pray, Pray, Pray!
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.