God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. It’s that simple. So many
times I have heard prayer defined as talking to God, but I would like to suggest we
make a small change to this description. ‘Prayer is talking with God.’ Jeremiah
33:1-3 says, “This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who
formed it and established it - the Lord is His name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you
and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” This implies prayer
has 2 parts: 1 - we talk and God listens. 2 - God talks and we listen.
When I talk to God the question is, ‘What do I say?’ Sometimes I like to use a
prayer model like the ones mentioned in our Prayer Journals we give out at the
church. Other times it is simply letting God know the burdens that are heavy on my
heart. But more times than not, one of my favorite ways to pray is to take specific
scripture and pray it over people. For example: For someone in my small group that
is going through a difficult time I might pray Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 1:18-19
but I insert that person’s name everywhere that this verse says ‘you.’ So, if I was
praying for a coworker named Bob it would sound like, ‘I pray that Bob’s heart is
flooded with light so that Bob can understand the confident hope that has been
given to all who are called by you, Lord. I pray that Bob will understand the
incredible greatness of your power that is available for him as a believer.’ Praying
scripture - you can never go wrong here.
Listening to God is something that takes practice and stillness. In the busyness of
this life it is so easy to miss the still small voice of God. Find a place in your daily life
that forces you to slow down, disconnect, and simply listen. For me it is going for a
quiet walk in the woods. I have received more direction than I can say and gotten to
know my Savior more and more on those walks. I look forward to those walks.
Where is that place for you? Where is that secret place that only you and God know
about? When was the last time you went there and just listened?
I pray today that your relationship with God comes alive like never before.