“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” –Ephesians 6:18
Prayer is a critical part of reaching out to our God as a means of communication. Throughout the Bible we are called to pray to God. It is our link, so to speak, to Him and means of hope and comfort for us. There is someone out there listening to us because he loves us. It’s a powerful reassurance and a foundation to our faith.
Let’s take some time to break down exactly what prayer is and what it says about our Almighty God.
- God is personal. Prayer would not be effective or even possible, if he was aloof and unreachable. Instead, he is a God of relationships and interactions. He wants to know us and us to know him. He sacrificed his only son so that we could be saved and have that connection with Him. He loves all and wants to see us be our best.
- Prayer is a conversation. It is not magic, or a list of demands, or a guaranteed happiness pass. Prayer is a conversation with God that can be uncomfortable, tragic, and challenging, but also fill us with joy, hope, and a purpose moving forward. It is our opportunity to be completely open to someone who knows us in entirety. It is a time to speak, but also listen.
- We are not alone. Prayer is a relationship and a reminder that we are not meant to go through life alone. We need God and can find comfort knowing that he is always listening to us. He has a plan for us, should we simply choose to listen and obey.
- Never underestimate prayer. It is a powerful tool that brings about change by the will of God. He is there for us and we must never lose sight of that. Especially when things don’t happen the way we envision them happening. God is in control and it is by prayer we can start to understand why.
Prayer is not easy. It can be scary and intimidating to feel so vulnerable. We are not simply speaking at something. We are entering a conversation with someone. And not just anyone, but someone who knows us absolutely.
Prayer can inspire and should be a habit we develop as we continue to build our relationship with God. It is not a one-sided acquaintance, but instead a life-long journey. Share your good days and bad days, your hopes and fears, your gratitude and frustrations because through it all He is there for us. Be comforted.
Has prayer impacted your life in any way?
“After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed.” –John 17:1
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