Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Returning to Prayer!

I'm always thinking! When I have the urge to write a new blog post, I am often inspired by what has been on my mind (and in my spirit). So, I decided to write a post on prayer because it's the area that God has been really challenging me in. Prayer is such a foundational aspect of our lives as believers but it's often the first thing we forfeit when "life happens". That's where I had been for quite a while...so cosumed with life that I failed to really spend time in prayer...and boy did I feel it!

We often make prayer more complicated than it has to be. Prayer is simply talking and listening to God. It's not just us talking but God actually wants to talk back to us. God is always speaking. I didn't think that I heard God when I first got saved but as I grew in God, I realized that I had to learn his voice. We can not hear God with our natural ears but with our spiritual ones. God speaks to us in various ways...through the scriptures, through a prophet, through a strong urging. So,we never have to question if God is speaking but rather if we are listening.

I came to a point in my life recently where I complained more than I prayed. One day, God had to remind me that my power wasn't in my complaining but in prayer! It all started to make sense to me at that moment. I wasn't seeing the change I needed because I wasn't taking it to God in prayer. It's a dangerous thing for a believer to be led by their emotions instead of the voice of God because you are more likely to make wrong decisions, give up too early, or even move too quickly. I realized that I could do more damage on my knees than with my anger and frustration. When I got back to praying, I started to see the walls in my life begin to fall.

I just want to encourage you to join me in returning to prayer. Not in the religious sense but in the relationship sense. God wants to hear from you. Communication is the core of any successful relationship and God wants a deeper and more intimate relationship with you. We must not forgot that he is not just our God but he's our friend. Make a decision to carve out some time to spend with God. It doesn't have to be a large amount of time because kids still need to be fed, marriages need to be cultivated, and clothes laundered but put God on your to do list. Prayer not only changes things but it changes you. There is no way to go to God with a burden and it not be lifted. The change you are seeking can only be found in one place...the presence of God!

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests toGod." (Philippians 4:6)

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