Prayer is not considered by many to be as instinctive as breathing, sleeping or eating for that matter.
I think it should be though…
We have many notions and misconceptions about what prayer is.
To help you, I would like to share my list of what Prayer is not…
What Prayer is Not..
Have you ever experienced pouring your heart out before the Lord and just waiting on Him to release His mercy and grace on you? Have you ever felt that wonderful, refreshing touch on your life? Clearly, it is not about us. As we surrender everything we hold dear and release your burdens, they get lifted up and out…and you are set free!
Sometimes we a Christians tend to treat prayer as a “genie session” where we get to express what our proverbial three wishes are. Surrender all your concerns and pour out your heart to the Lord instead.
2) Prayer isn’t a demand draft but Prayer is by God’s grace and His Sovereignty.
Let me get back to my “genie” illustration. Our prayer should not be dominated by,
“Lord I need this and that” or “Lord please provide me this and that…” or even “Lord heal him or her..”
It should be an outright acknowledgement that everything is by God’s grace and His Sovereignty. God is able and He is more than sufficient. We have to trust Him to act and be at peace.
It is a matter of relationship – a love relationship to be more precise. We are children of God and it is in this context that we are drawn closer to God. As we draw near to Him, spend time meditating on His Word, we get to know Him more intimately and so we are changed. More importantly, the things we pray for and anticipate from Him also change.
Sure, as children of the Father, we can come freely into His throne of grace. However, we must never lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with the God of the Universe, the Creator of heaven and earth. We must come before Him in reverence. He must increase and we must decrease.
Praying with Scripture is one of the best ways we can include our listening to the Lord in this communication process.
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We hope our list of what “Prayer is Not…” has helped you.