Several months ago one of the Pastors at our church preached about Prayer. It was a really awesome sermon and I pulled a page out of one of my daughter’s notebooks and took notes. And promptly lost the page of notes after we got home. The notes resurfaced recently and I decided to try to share some of my scribblings for this weeks Sunday post. I don’t remember every word the Pastor spoke and it has been awhile so I’m just sharing my notes and some of my own thoughts.
Genesis 4:26 – When Seth grew up he had a son and named him Enosh. At that time people first began to worship the Lord by name. How did they know to worship God?
I like this thought. How DID they know to call on God? To worship Him? Was it the stories Adam and Eve told about how they walked and talked with God in the Garden before they sinned and were banned from it? Did God gently call them like He does with us today? Was it the inborn sense of a higher being? Whatever the reason I am so thankful that Enosh worshiped the Lord and that there has always been a remnant of those who seek and worship Jesus Christ.
Asking: James 4
You have not because you ask not. And when you do ask it is with the wrong motive! If God already knows all things what is the point of prayer? Tell God how you feel even when you don’t feel like praying. There may not even be anything wrong necessarily, you just aren’t in the mood. Talk to God anyway!
What is prayer really about? How could Jesus pray all night long? Prayer is not just asking it is also listening. Just being quiet before the Lord. Listening for His still small voice. Feeling His peace envelope you.
What is God’s object for prayer? – it is about a relationship! Being a friend. Jesus called us friends. Friends if we do as He commands – and His command is to LOVE each other!!!
We enjoy listening and talking to each other – we feel trusted when our friends confide in us. With our closest friends we don’t even have to talk all the time. How much more should we enjoy a conversation with our Heavenly Father – or just sitting in silent communion with Him. There is a blessing for us when we put our thoughts and desires into words. It can lift us up. It can deliver us from our spiritual enemy – Satan.
Prayer is also praise. The Psalms are praises. Acts 16:25 – Paul and Silas were praising. Even though they had been beaten, thrown in jail, feet locked in stocks, they were praising God. And not just in their minds and hearts but with their mouths – making noise – praying and singing songs. Praise can be carried out while kneeling, standing, bowing, arms raised high, on your face – however the moment finds you – hearts open before the Lord.
Prayer is not about twisting the arm of God and trying to change His mind. It is about getting our minds in sync with His. Desiring what He wants for us, praising Him in all situations, and trusting Him to bless and keep us. Prayer is not about conquering Gods reluctance but taking hold of His willingness, even when we have failed.
Prayer does not require pious phrases. Just talk to Him! Communicate! Communication is key to any relationship. Keep communicating with God no matter your circumstances, no matter how you feel you have failed. No matter how small you think the matter is. There is nothing too small for God to notice and no problem too big for Him to handle. And there is no joy in your life too small for Him to rejoice with you over! He loves to bless us and He wants to hear about our joys and trials. Take His hand and talk His ear off!