I love my Women’s Bible study group. I’m humbled and challenged by their faith and hunger for God’s Word. We recently finished a four-week study on prayer. It changed me.
I have to admit; sometimes, I take prayer for granted. It becomes a practice instead of an interaction with God. Needs can obscure the purpose and the power of prayer.
Miracle and Mystery
In many ways, prayer is a miracle and a mystery. It’s a miracle in the sense that we can come to God with our raw emotions and speak to Him about anything. We can have a conversation—anytime, anyplace, and at any moment.
It’s a mystery because we often don’t know God’s will in a situation. We want answers, but we can’t see the future, and only God knows what’s best for us. Though we may feel vulnerable, we wait and trust God for the outcome.
Conversations that Matter
Your prayers are conversations that matter. They’re interactions with the creator of the universe. He is the one who holds the sun and moon in place. The one who created you in his image for such a time as this.
Our conversations may express praise, adoration, thanksgiving, faith, confession, petition, and requests, but the one common denominator that pleases the heart of God is our faith-driven dependency on him.
Here are a few takeaways from our group’s recent study.
Meaningless Words or Meaningful Connection
Prayer is more than “grace” before meals. It’s not a triggered response when we feel vulnerable or in need. Although God wants us to voice our gratitude and concerns, we should avoid meaningless empty words that can become ritualistic.
The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Psalm 27:4 New Living Translation
Whether we pray in the car, at work, or alone without distractions, God desires a meaningful connection. He wants a relationship with you.
Our Way or His Way
Sometimes we can get in a rut and limit our prayers to requests. Yes, God welcomes our prayer requests, but God is not a spiritual Santa Clause. We forget that prayer is not about getting our way, it’s about pursuing God. It’s about discovering who he is, what he desires, and aligning ourselves to his Kingdom purpose.
Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.
Jeremiah 33:3 NLT
We seek God because our hearts are captivated. Our pursuit of him is relationship-driven and not provision driven. The more we pursue him through his Word and prayer, the more we begin to understand his attributes and desires.
Monologue or Dialogue
Have you ever been around someone who talks more than they listen? You sit there smiling and nodding your head in silence. Is that a conversation? Prayer is not a monologue; it is a dialogue with God.
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
Psalms 91: 14-16 NLT
We can hear God speak when we practice spiritual listening. God desires a dialogue, and he has initiated a conversation through his Word–the Bible. God’s conversations will never contradict His Word and will always affirm his truths.
The Power of Prayer
In the last four weeks, our Bible study group found a deeper connection with God through prayer. We experienced the power of prayer even when circumstances remained the same.
I asked if they could describe the word power. They shared, “peace, thanksgiving, praise, and hope.” I couldn’t agree more.
We sang “Amazing Grace” acapella as a prayer. It was powerful because we sang to God and not about God.
You can experience the power of prayer by acknowledging God’s presence, pursuing his heart, and listening for his sweet, gentle voice.
“Crazy Love” by Francis Chan
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