Monday Devotional

Praying

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.

Kirk Winters

Senior Pastor