Prayer in the Life of a Believer
When God created us, it was because He desired a family. He wanted to dwell in the midst of His family and have us gather around His table. He wanted intimacy with us. He wanted us to talk with Him about everything. This is how God the Father defines prayer. It is a constant life of communication with our Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit.
Is that how you define prayer, or do you think of it as a duty, something you must schedule in? Do you think about what you need and you through that out there hoping God might catch your need and do something about it? If this is your view of prayer, then it’s probably not much fun and you probably don’t see a lot of response to your requests.
When you have the right perspective on prayer, it becomes as simple as breathing. I don’t approach my family and try to think up something to say to them. Talking to them comes naturally, it comes out of our relationship. To those members in the family that I’m particularly close to, it would be a struggle not to talk to them. That’s how we should desire to be with our Father God. We can talk to Him about anything and everything. As you practice this, you develop a God-consciousness and you begin listening for what He is saying. As you’re out doing what you do everyday, He will speak, He will show you things, He will direct you. An interactive life with God is exciting, exhilarating, often a bit scary because we have to move out of our comfort zones, but only when we do that do we begin to see the amazing promises He has made come to life. No one witnesses miracles but just sitting idle and waiting. You have to live a risky life!
I want to encourage you to take risks and trust God. He is a faithful Father. We train our children, but we don’t expect more of them than they are capable of at any given time. When your child is a toddler and learning to walk, you don’t throw them on a skateboard and expect they will know what to do. The Father knows where you’re at, and He cheers you on as you learn to crawl, walk and run. One day, you’ll be leaping across the mountains with Him, but today you might just be learning to crawl, and that’s okay. He loves you and He will speak tender words of encouragement to you. He will send others to hold your hand and keep you moving. Don’t be afraid, just trust His goodness.
Developing this relationship with the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit is vital to your life as a Christian. Without getting to know God’s heart in prayer, you won’t develop much faith. The Word says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” When we read the Word, it’s like planting seeds into our heart. Those seeds are the very life of God. When we pray, we take those life-giving words and we feed them back to God. In other words, God gave us His Word so we could give it back to Him in prayer. We don’t have to try to think up what to say, we just take the scripture and ask God to make it a reality in us, through us or around us. We ask Holy Spirit to breathe on those words and bring them to life in our situations. He loves that! It’s important that we speak His Words out loud because then our ears hear the Word and it develops faith. The atmosphere also hears and it responds to the Word. You may not be able to seen the unseen realm of the spirit yet, but when God’s Word is spoken, the realm of the spirit respond: heavenly spirits rejoice and evil spirits shudder.
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