Thought- We need more knee mail, not more email.
Scripture- “Pray continually.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Insight: In day 5 of learning to apply biblical principles to your daily life, what we are referring to as Practical Christianity, let’s consider how prayer can literally be the foundation around which we build our life. Many people are uncomfortable with prayer. They feel like it is weird, or they don’t know how to pray. Or worse yet, they view God as distant and uninterested in what they may pray about. I have learned a valuable lesson about prayer during my faith journey and it is to change the view of my interacting with God from prayer to conversation. Why is this important? Because with this practical mindset, it removes the uneasiness or discomfort of not knowing what to pray or how to pray, and instead turns it into a comfortable mindset of an open ended, ongoing dialogue that you would have with any dear friend of yours. In other words, I am involved in a daily conversation with the God of the Universe, which entails both speaking and listening. I have come to love Him so much more because I feel He not only cares about everything in my life, but He wants the absolute best for me and His word and our conversation is the guideposts for my life that I can lean on and trust in every situation.
I can honestly say, He is not distant, He is very close and wants the most intimate relationship with each and every one of us. That is why He will leave the 99 to save the one. But like any other relationship, He will not chase us down if we are not interested in the relationship. He will never impose Himself on us. We must make the first move and then He will respond in an overwhelming show of His compassion and care. I talk with God daily about all aspects of my life, and I search His word in the Bible for relevant scriptures that confirm my beliefs or show me a different path. So, what do I talk with God about? Everything! I talk about my problems, my fears, my worries, my doubts. I praise Him for His trustworthiness, for His goodness, for His protection, for His blessings, for His grace and mercy and forgiveness. I ask Him questions, I seek His advice, I put Him at the center of my marriage, my family, my business. I ask for glimpses of His glory, I seek revelation when reading His Word, I want to know Him deeper, better, and more closely. I view the world and everything going on in it through the lens of His Word, and I hold tight to His promises when I don’t understand or when the future looks scary. It is all prayer, but it is all conversation. What I have found is that nothing really happens until I pray, but when I do, He moves. Many times, His answers are no, or not yet. But I have come to not only respect His no or not yet answers, I praise Him for His protection in those answers from things I can’t see or know. As Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I say amen to that Lord!
Prayer: Father God, help us to seek you in all aspects of our life. Nothing really happens until we pray. Help us to learn to see you as our closest confidant, and our most respected Adviser. We need more of You and less of everything else. Amen!