I wept for some “friends” yesterday. You see, I read a blog that brought up the topic of prayer. Basically, the author was saying, and the comments echoing, that prayer can be difficult, guilt ridden, unfocused, and, at times, all together non-existent. I read over 30 comments that shared the author’s sentiments.
I made my comment, headed for more coffee, stopped in the living room, and burst into tears.
I didn’t cry because I related; I cried because I didn’t relate…..anymore.
There was a time about 8-10 years ago that I would have nodded my head in agreement with them. However, that day, my heart was broken over those, although they love God dearly and serve him, feel so distant from him and so unable to connect with him. I cried because for a few moments, God allowed me to “feel” the heaviness of his tender heart for his people, the longing for them to be free to pray.
These are just some of the words I read:
terrible at it
What are these words coming from his beloved? Prayer should NOT be something that brings us guilt or condemnation. There is no specific formula.
Prayer can be as unique as your own DNA and as intimate as your own breath.
What is a prayer life anyway? What the heck does that mean?
Do we say my “worship life” or my “service life”? nope. Why do we say my “prayer life”?
I know why… because we have a spiritual enemy who wants to take anything, and I mean anything, intended to bring us strength, satisfaction, courage, wisdom, knowledge, etc. and kill it. He wants to take anything that elevates God and dash it to the ground. So, he infuses guilt. We are guilty if we don’t pray for an hour. We are guilty if we don’t pray scripture. We are guilty if our thoughts wander. We are guilty if we fall asleep! We are guilty for not having a “prayer life.”
Stop believing the enemy! Rise UP in the strength of the God’s Spirit to have an intimate relationship with him!
He has destiny for you!
He as truth and words for you!
He has love and strength and hope and power and laughter for you!
Prayer is life. Life is prayer.
When you think about God, he hears you. When you pray in your heart, he hears you. When you whisper a small request he hears you. No doubt, there are real and amazing things that happen from carved out time with him, just as there is in the natural world. We carve out time for those we love, we invest in it, we work for it. Sometimes it’s heavy and hard work, sometimes it’s sitting outside with a coke talking about the puffy monkey in the clouds. Do the same with the Father.
This journey with him on earth can be the best thing on the planet in the history of everything. Don’t let the enemy cloud your mind with lies of guilt and condemnation, formulas and programs. Let God teach you how to pray, which really means, just be you with him and see how this thing turns out. It’s a trip.
I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6 NIV