I was recently asked the following questions regarding prayer. Honestly, I thought I could whip through these in no time…but that’s not what happened…not at all. What I realized after answering these questions is this…prayer is way more than we can fully comprehend. I have a feeling that God wants me to back off my prayer routine and get back into intimacy with Him. If we’re not careful we can easily fall into the complacency trap, where prayer becomes just something we do from time to time void of real authentic relationship.
How would you define “prayer”?
Defining prayer is not as easy as you would think. Most people (myself included) would probably describe prayer as communing with and talking to God. But, if you really stop and think about it, prayer is a most profound mystery. The Creator and Sustainer of all reaches into our lives through relationship…intimate, personal, love relationship. It’s outrageous! He beckons us to come…without ceasing into His presence. Who can comprehend the breadth and depth of what the Lord has done to make a way for us to come to Him through prayer. Prayer is so much more than anything we might attempt to define it as.
What does prayer look like in your life?
Prayers looks like:
Prayer looks like all of me…clinging to all of Jesus.
Prayer is getting real with God…whenever…wherever…forever.
For those who have never had an active prayer life, or perhaps prayer is something that the priests “do” in church, but they have not engaged in at home, how would you suggest getting started?
First of all…you need to know and believe that God desires to spend time with you.
He is listening.
Your prayers aren’t bouncing off the ceiling into no-where land.
HE HEARS YOU!
There’s no secret prayer formula you need to meticulously follow.
Just be yourself and talk to God.
I love journaling, so I would also suggest writing your prayers down. When you do this you will also have a written account of the many ways in which the Lord has answered your prayers.
How often do you pray?
Well…It seems like I pray without ceasing.
Seriously, I’m either thinking about or talking to God all the time. Thoughts of Him consume me.
I also have a morning quiet time.
I usually get sort of cranky when I miss out on quiet time. It’s the most vital part of my day for so many reasons. God knows how desperate I am for those moments when I can bathe in the water of His Word. I need Him!
For those who have perhaps gotten away from an active prayer life and feel as if God seems a little “distant” at the moment, what suggestions do you have for reconnecting to God in prayer?
Just do it! Pour out your heart to the One who knows you and loves you like crazy!
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
God’s not like us. He’s not waiting for you to jump threw hoops of fire to try and get to Him. He gave it all just to be with you.
What was prayer/did prayer mean to you during your hardest life moments: In your relationship with Jim, in your experiences with Hunter and the challenges he faced, in being a mom to two young girls?!
Honestly, all of the above motivate me to pray more. God knows…and He cares. What great comfort I find in His arms knowing that His plan for us is good. The life circumstances that Christ has allowed me to experience thus far have helped me learn countless lessons in the school of prayer.
If prayer is spending time with God…then prayer is everything to me…and more!
I would love for you to share your answers to these questions with me:)