7 The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. 8 Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.
Matthew 6:7-8, The Message
Prayer does not give us power. Prayer gets us in touch with the one who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. This power is the amazing grace of Christ made perfect in our weakness.
Isn’t it wonderful we don’t need to work up a perfect prayer for God to hear us? For we have a perfect Father who hears our every prayer and knows every desire of our hearts. It is through this revelation of God’s perfect love that gives us the faith and freedom to ask for all things. Even if God doesn’t answer all our prayers in the way we want, we can be rest assured that God is able to work everything out for our good.
Don’t pray because you have needs. This will make prayer a transaction and not a relationship. Pray because you are a beloved child of God — for there is no better reason to pray than that. The good thing is, Jesus tells us our Father knows our needs more than we do. In saying that, Jesus wants our prayers to be easy and light.
Sometimes we complicate prayer with too many words or trying to sound smarter than we are. One simple prayer uttered with a quickened awareness of the Father’s love can impact and transform more lives than you can imagine.
If praying is not really your thing, you can learn from Jesus’ disciples by asking, “Lord, teach us to pray.” And Jesus will help you by leading you into a journey of authentic and intimate conversations with the Father.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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