Prayer is So Much More:
"And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." (Matthew 6:7-8)
In the past year especially, the Holy Spirit has really been teaching me about what it means to lead a life of prayer. A true life of prayer doesn't squeeze into a specific form or ideal, but rather is genuine and ultimately heart-filled. How do we break the habit of repetitive prayers that seem to trickle off our lips simultaneously?
We've got to throw out the idea of finding a "prayer pattern."
This has been a real point of importance in my personal walk with the Lord. Prayer patterns are poisonous! Don't let your time of prayer become a routinely tedious task. Don't let your prayers become a mundane monologue you just spout out mindlessly.
Prayer is so much more than that!
Prayer is a precious and prized time. When you know the underlying Heart of prayer, that is. And isn't that exactly what prayer is designed to be?
Prayer is when we draw closer, closer to the Heart of God.
Prayer isn't only an hotline for help, it's also an heartfelt honour to converse with the Creator. Prayer is faith-filled fellowship, inextinguishable intimacy, and sacred celebration.
Prayer is more than the eight to ten minutes you set aside in the morning, prayer is a way of life.
And how do we live a prayer-centric life? We acknowledge God in every sphere of our lives. We invite Him into each moment of our day. We come into His Presence with thankful hearts, ready to receive the incomparable joy of simply being with Him, held in His arms.
"Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4:2)
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
So don't be afraid to enter humbly, yet courageously into God's Holy Presence. He awaits you with open arms, ready to just talk with you. He has no expectations of your prayers, He simply wants to be with you. This is what it's all about: desiring to be with God. A truly pious prayer life is born from a heart that's hungry for more of the Lord.
May you all enjoy this wonderful day of rest my friends! Happy Sunday! May the Lord bless each one of you graciously.
-The Introverted Evangelist