This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14
When did you last pray to God? Do you remember what it was about?
There are those who pray and do nothing. And then there are those who do everything and never pray. These dichotomies fracture our friendship with God because they produce unrealistic expectations of what we want from God and what God wants for us.
We pray with creativity and perseverance. We actively engage with God and avoid passivity. But we also avoid becoming overachievers and prance off on our own, to places where God didn’t intend us to be.
True prayer leads to true freedom.
When we revolve our prayers around the rhythm of life, we find our way to Christ who is the centre of our being and doing. Prayer is meaningless if Christ is not in the picture. Prayer becomes authentic and alive when we grasp the reality of who Christ is inside of us. Prayer becomes effortless when we are not trying to get God to do something—but when we are content to be with God alone. Then while praying, we are not the one who does the most talking, but we are the one who does the most listening. The one who listens is the one who receives most. And that is precisely how prayer is!
When your prayers are unshackled from selfish motives and wrong choices, you become the freest and most productive person around.
Without prayer, nothing changes despite all of our efforts. However, when our prayer is birthed from resting in God’s love and integrity, we experience a nudging rhythm and momentum of one aspect of life impacts upon the other. The prayer of Hannah brought forth Samuel who became a judge over Israel. The prayer of Nehemiah set in motion for the exiled Jews to return to their homeland. The prayer of the believers for Peter saw him set free in a most supernatural way.
Prayer has a way of unlocking the fears hidden in our hearts and preparing the way for faith to come inside. Faith works through love, and when God’s love abides in you, there is a holy boldness and fearlessness to believe all things are possible.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? How has it challenged my view regarding prayer?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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