The word "prayer" is used a lot by Christians. When we read Face Book we see people asking for prayer and naturally a lot of people responding with the word and saying they are doing so. But I would ask a simple question, "How much are we really praying?"
I am one who tells people I am going to pray, and I try to make it a habit to honor this promise. But if I do then I need to call out the person's name before the Lord right then. If I do not, I too often forget and never think of them again. So I always try to "pray" right then. But what do I pray for? What the person ask for? Is this what God wants? Does God want us to agree with other Christians about their hope and desires? Is it like getting enough endorsements on a petition and when we get enough God caves to our demands? I think not.
What does it mean to be "praying" for someone. Does it mean we put in a formal request to God to change things to the way the person wants, or the way we think things should be? I think this is what much of our "praying" is all about. We make list at church to remind ourselves who is sick or hurting and tell God we want them better now.
I think we should stop and think about this idea of praying for a minute or two. Praying ... talking to God... first must be an act of worship.
Let that sink in a minute. When you are going to acknowledge God in your heart there is no position physical, emotional, or spiritual that can have any merit except total and complete submission to Him. He is God. We must submit and realize that we are to submit our will to His. Humility and reverence should be in our heart when we are going to pray.
Yes, I am aware that God loves us. Yes, I am aware that He calls us His children, but too often I am afraid that we are "praying" or talking to our Father like whining, bossy, spoiled, brats. Some quote the Scripture at God reminding Him of What HIs word says.
And then we say things like, "I claim this in the Name of JESUS." I do understand that this is a way that some feel they are giving voice to their faith, but how does this sound to God?
God is all powerful and HOLY. God knows all things and so He knows what is best for me and you. Jesus taught us a phrase in the Lords prayer.
Matthew 6:10 ESV Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
I am afraid when we are "praying" we too often leave this part out as we submit our list to God. We need to realize that our prayer is more about us accepting and praising God for His will being done in our lives, even if it includes a path of testing, sickness, and yes even tragedy.
Prayer is the work and duty of every Christian, but we do so little of it. We make such a mess out of it, by being distracted and even irreverent. And when do pray too often it is just so we can say we did it; instead of belief and trust in the will of God becoming our desire.
This morning as you read this, have you been praying already? Will you pray before you leave home today? When I stop and think about "praying" i see my own faults quickly and must back up and realize that until I worship God with all my heart, I cannot just jump into "praying." The essence of praying without ceasing is to keep this attitude and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, holiness and power of God in our minds at all times. If we do then we see everything in the light of, "May HIS Will Be done."