Don’t Hit the Panic Button…Hit the Prayer Button
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado
“Prayer is simply talking to God like a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day.” – Joyce Meyer
“There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.” – Beth Moore
“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa
“Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Hi, guys!! This post has been one of the most difficult to write, not because I don’t believe wholeheartedly in the theme, but the opposite actually. This has been so difficult because I believe so very much in the message I want to convey. I have also struggled with the thought that maybe I am not qualified to write this post. I love God. I love Jesus, but I am not going to sit here and tell you that I am the strongest I have ever been in my walk right now. In fact, I might be at my weakest point. I might even go as far as to say that I am feeling lost and defeated. Maybe that is exactly why I feel so strongly that God is calling me to write this. Maybe in my research, study, and back in forth with my brain and heart is exactly why God decided to challenge me with this. Maybe because He knows that I need prayer more now than ever before. So I decided to take the pressure off of myself. I am no longer writing this post in hopes of reaching fellow Christians or people on the verge of making the most important decision of their lives, to choose Christ, but instead to write this for myself, to strengthen my relationship with Christ and anything else that happens is a bonus, and all glory goes to God because I know there is no limit to what He can do. For weeks I have felt this push to write a few posts around the theme of prayer. And let me tell you God was not suttle with me on this. In fact, I pass a sign each day on the way to take my boys to school that says “Teach the people to PRAY!” Yeah. This wasn’t just a whisper. No joke every day I would say, “I get it. I’m working on it.” And I think God was saying “not fast enough!” 🙂
How would you define prayer?
Merriam-Webster defines prayer as “ an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought” According to the KJV dictionary, prayer is “a solemn address to the Supreme Being, consisting of adoration, or an expression of our sense of God’s glorious perfections, confession of our sins, supplication for mercy and forgiveness, intercession for blessings on others, and thanksgiving, or an expression of gratitude to God for his mercies and benefits. A prayer, however, may consist of a single petition, and it may be extemporaneous, written or printed.” I have always thought of prayer as a conversation with God and an instrument to strengthen my relationship with Christ.
However, I am going to be honest, I am not the best at praying. While doing research and studying for this post I found that Max Lucado calls himself a “recovering prayer wimp,” which made me feel a bit better. 🙂
How do you pray?
After reading the above article by Max Lucado, I was reminded that prayers don’t have to be “perfect.” You don’t have to always be on your knees, you don’t have to always have your eyes closed, your hands raised, or folded neatly in your lap. I do agree with what my Mamaw would say, “pray on your knees, at least once a day. It can really make you feel humble.” It is a great way to humble yourself before the Lord. Prayer can be something you do while driving in your car or something you do continuously throughout the day. The most important part of prayer is not where you are physically, but the attitude in your heart and your love for our Lord. The power of prayer, or the results of the prayer, have nothing to do with the way a person prays, the passion, or the purpose. There is no “magical formula” and we aren’t graded on eloquence.
1 John 5:14-15 states, “this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. We might not always like how He answers our prayers and it might not always be a yes, but we can find solitude in knowing that He has our best interest at heart.
Power of Prayer
The Bible is full of examples of the power of prayer. Here are just a few examples:
- Mark 9:29 (defeats demons)
- Psalm 6: 9-10 (conquers enemies)
- 2 Kings 4:3-36 (overcomes death)
- James 1:5 (gives wisdom)
The power of prayer should never be underestimated.
I leave you with a few thoughts, how do you use prayer? Corrie Ten Boom asked the question, “is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” Is prayer your first hope, your go to, or is it your last ditch effort? I am going to touch on this topic in more detail in my next post. Until then…
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 “pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Amen, my friends.