God has really transformed me over the last six months and He is challenging me to step out in faith and stretch, to grow, and to lean on Him more. It has not been easy and it is not always fun, but the lessons He is teaching me, the love His is showering me with, the growth that is happening is truly remarkable.
Because none of really knows where each of us are on the spiritual walk that God has us on I thought we should just get right down to the nitty gritty. What is it about prayer? Why do we feel so close to God when we pray? Since we do experience that closeness, then why do we willingly walk away from prayer time with Him? Is it the busyness of life? Is it our own refusal to admit our sins? Is it just plain ole disobedience, or are we so filled up with the “other” things in our life that prayer time just becomes “one more thing to do”?
It is my prayer that this “Road Map of Prayer” will help you get back to the one on one time with God that He deserves and your soul craves…
Who should pray?
Each and every one of us…as His children we have been blessed to have a “relationship” with Him. In Billy Graham’s book “The Journey” he said this about prayer… “Prayer is a gift from God’s hand just as much as the Bible, and He has given us the privilege of prayer because He loves us and wants our fellowship.”
What do you pray about?
Everything! There is not a single solitary thing that you couldn’t pray about. Prayer can cover all things…small decisions, big choices, changes, your marriage, your kids, your health, everything…if it happens in your life IT IS IMPORTANT TO GOD!!! Why, because YOU are important to God.
Matthew 21:22 – “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Philippians 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray Continually
Where do you pray?
I can’t think of a single place that I haven’t prayed. In car line, at the foot of the cross, in my quiet room, in my chair, in my car, in bed, in the shower, you name it…at some point or another a prayer has been shot up to heaven there. I love the analogy of “bullet prayers”…throughout the day you don’t have to have a “reserved quiet time or place” to pray, just send up prayer arrows to God…He’s gets every single one!!!
Why should you pray?
Billy Graham says that, “Prayer is not an option but a necessity.” He then goes on to say that we need to pray because “The reason is because the Christian life is a journey, and we need God’s strength and guidance along the way.”
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.
How do you pray?
With praise and thanksgiving you simply come before God and have a conversation. It’s that simple. You do not have to be a Bible scholar or have some profound words for God, He is after all God, He knows everything and loves you anyway. Simply and humbly come before Him and seek to spend time with Him. That’s it. It couldn’t be any easier. The crazy and awesome thing about it though is this…the Creator of the Universe, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords wants to spend time with YOU!!!