I want to talk about prayer, something that may be seen as a ‘chore’ or some kind of religious act that we do from time to time to tick the box, or so we can say we pray. I would like to shed some light on this, and would like to keep it simple. Which is why I will outline, 3 reasons to pray… and believe me, I am quickly learning that doing things because we feel we should will only drag us down and suck the life from us.
1. Prayer fuels our inner passions
We all have that something that makes us light up, makes us want to act. It’s the reason we reach out when we see someone in pain, or want to defend the ones we love. We all have gifts that have been given freely, things that make up who we are. But sometimes it isn’t always easy to identify exactly what they are, let alone understand how to use them.
Opening our hearts to pray means to ask the one who put the passions inside of you in the first place, what to pray about. Sometimes just sitting with an open heart and asking what to pray will begin something that ignites something deep within us. Being aware of what makes you who you are is an incredibly powerful tool for living life. Start seeking to understand it through prayer.
2. Prayer reveals God’s plan and our purpose
Whether we realise it or not, we are all seeking purpose for our lives in one way or another. Whether it is through joining a club or team to represent something, or volunteering for a local service, or maybe just looking for something that you can take hold of as a responsibility, something to call your own role. We’re all searching. Once we begin to understand the things that excite us, or make us passionate, we need to understand how we might use these. Again, this is not going by any set of rules or telling you that this is how you ‘should’ live life. It is coming from a place of understanding that when you are seeking to fulfil God’s purpose for your life and operating in the gifts he has given you, you experience a sense of wholeness. Why? Because you are operating in the way you were designed to be. When technology companies sell products, they don’t send customers to naturists to teach them how to use them. That would make no sense at all! The people who know and understand the products teach the customers how to use them. Because they created them and know how they are intended to work. It is the same with humans. When we want to know how we work, or what direction we should go, we ask the one who made us. He knows us best!
3. Prayer releases a love for God that is all-consuming
Like I previously mentioned, if prayer is something that we do just to tick the box- what’s the point? If the only outcome is building a good conscience, I can assure you, this will not bring any long-term comfort. It will only make you grow weary and soon enough you will be searching for another way to fulfil that need. If there is one thing I know about God, it is that he is a living God who desires to have relationship with us. When we reach out to him in prayer, it is an invitation for him to pour out his love on us, which he so longs to do for his children. The amazing thing about God, is that he will never force himself into our lives, he only answers when we invite him. Even if you do not know God, but this sparks a desire to pray. I encourage you to reach out in prayer and ask him to reveal himself as a gentleman to you. Many would be surprised at the response they get, thinking that God would never answer them because they are inadequate. When in fact, his response to us is with open arms, graceful and loving, if only we would offer him the invitation to speak to us.
What is your response to prayer? I would love to hear what God has fuelled in your heart as a result to beginning a conversation of prayer with him.