A few days ago we spent some time looking at why we should pray. If you’ve been a believer for very long at all, what we discovered probably isn’t much of a surprise. We should pray because God tells us to. We’re supposed to faithfully pray at all times, devoted, without anxiety about what happens next, but full of thanksgiving.
If you find prayer hard that’s a BIG list to follow.
The good news is He is with us. He will never leave us. He will never forsake us. We can have hope because God sent the Holy Spirit to be with us at all times, praying on our behalf when we don’t know what to say.
Today, spend some time thinking through what holds you back in prayer. Journal about it if writing is your thing, but really dig in. Is it a lack of hope in the eternal? A lack of peace that God will do the best thing in your circumstance? A lack of trust? You know what happened the last time you *really* prayed…are you afraid of hearing No again? What is it?
Maybe it’s a lack of confidence that God truly loves you and knows you by name. Prayer feels awkward if you think you have to start at the beginning every time. Did you ever read the book, Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret? I’ve spent so much of my life feeling just like that – like I have to reintroduce myself.
“Hey God. It’s me, Keisha. Remember me?”
I’ve been known to drop a few names I know He knows so God remembers how we’re connected.
“You know my husband Jonathan, and we have quite a few friends in common…”
No! That’s like your child or spouse reintroducing themselves every time they come home.
“Hey mom! Remember me? I’m that baby that took 9 hours to birth and didn’t sleep until I was two years old? I have that sister you really like…remember?”
That sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But that’s how we treat God at times – like the omniscient creator of all things developed Alzheimers or something. Like somehow the God of the universe has forgotten the baby He knit together in her mother’s womb…like He has forgotten the gifts He has given her…like it slipped His mind who He sent His one and only son to die for so she could live forever with Him in eternity.
Sweet friend. You don’t have to reintroduce yourself to your heavenly father today. He knows you. He loves you. And He has been waiting to hear your voice again. He is right there with you. Just talk to Him.
My friend Patrick preached a wonderful sermon recently that goes right along with what we’re talking about. If you have time, watch this sermon. It’s the whole service, including worship. I encourage you to take time for the whole thing, but if you don’t have an hour, start the video at 21 minutes.
Scripture references for today:
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Psalm 139:13 & 14