Prayer is something that everyone sees differently, understands differently, uses differently. I asked some people if they had to summarize prayer into a sentence to tell someone, anyone, what would they say… this is what I got.
Prayer is a dialogue with God, not only talking to God but also listening to him. A two way conversation
Prayer is an ongoing, intimate conversation with God.
Prayer is a conversation between two friends. The purpose is to understand and get to know each other better, just like talking to a trusting friend.
In the last couple of days I have been trying to read in my bible about prayer, and see what the scriptures say, what I have learned is that God is there, he is listening to what you say, he may not answer right away, but he is there. He will answer, for the scriptures say in Matthew 7:7-8, Keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for, keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
This doesn’t mean that if we pray every night asking for a perfect score on a test, that it will happen. I learned that God responds to wisdom and love. That what glorifies him will be answered, and isn’t every little thing we want.
But the major thing that I have read and learned, and had it repeated by different people… is that that Prayer is more than simply asking God to give us what we want. It’s living, active, and powerful communication with the LORD. My study bible gave me an analogy, have you ever seen two people who are friends, and they spend a lot of time together, they become more like each other, they may talk, act, and possibly think a lot alike. They are becoming more like each other. So, if we are spending time with God in prayer, it is the intimate two-way conversation between you and a trusting friend. You are going to become more like Him. Or look at it this way,… I personally have had it that when I am around a group of people, they tend to sway me to talk like they do, whether I notice it or not, and well, I think that it is the same with God. If I spend more time with him, then I will be veering towards Him in our relationship, than if I am not spending that time with him.
I know that I have to be willing to let prayer surround me, it can be so powerful., but I have to let it be, and be willing to open my heart and let God speak to me. We can get to know each other, even though he already knows so much about me, He still wants me to talk to Him, tell Him my hurts, fears, excitements… everything. So in the next couple of days I am going to challenge you, and myself. Not only to pray to God and to pray for yourself, but also to pray to Him about others, the person sitting next to you, or your co-worker, etc. And you can pray about numerous things… for someone to understand God’s will, gain wisdom or spiritual understanding, to honour God, bear fruit, appreciate God, or to be filled with his love, and joy, and to be thankful.