How many of us throw the term around “I’ll pray for you.” or “Pray for me!”? It’s easier said then done, right? Do we really know what prayer is or how to pray? Is it a conversation between two people or a last ditch effort to bail us out of a situation?
As parents we love our kids but lets face it, as they get older and only want to spend time with us when they need something it hurts. I’d like to think God feels the same way. We are conditioned by our selfish humanity to think that we pray when we need something. Why do we have a hard time even asking people for help but we don’t think twice about asking God? Or maybe you’re the person who doesn’t ask anything of God because you feel as if you are not worthy of him even listening to you. I’d like to think we just really don’t know who Jesus is. If we really knew what he thinks of us and what he desires from us it may just change our whole way of thinking. Did you ever start off on the wrong foot with someone and wish you could start over? I did, just recently. So lets do that with God. Lets forget all the preconceived notions of God and Prayer and let me introduce you to the God I have come to know.
To Pray or not to Pray is always the question, and the answer. It’s the SOS and the I love you! It’s the dialog of two. It’s the relationship you can run to for the good and the bad. It’s the all knowing answers and the place to ask all your questions. It’s where you can be yourself because your father, the one who created you, knows what your going to do, say, have done, and wish before you even ask. There is never any shame and there is always true forgiveness. You can cry, scream, laugh and even joke around. When the bible says pray without ceasing, it means don’t ever stop the conversation. God won’t leave you hanging, he may want you to think on your own sometimes but he is still there.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks ; for this is the will in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18