I've been pondering prayer lately. I have daily quiet times, dig into the Word, try to help out at church, lead Bible studies, etc. - but my prayer life is like an anemic weak little child. I pray, but I have realized through the years that I never really learned "how to" pray. I know that may sound silly because everyone can pray, it's just opening your mouth and speaking to God. BUT, I feel like there is something missing in my prayer life, so I've been praying about it - ha.
In my ponderings, I've been reading a lot more about prayer. I'm sure I'll be writing about it here and there, but for now I wanted to share this bit I found in a little book by Oswald Chambers titled Prayer, A Holy Occupation. It hit me between the eyes and made me think through my own prayer life, I hope it does the same for you.
"The job of every Christian is to pray. Plain and simple. Yet we want to do more than simply pray. We want to do something important for God; we want to be someone important to Him. We want to build; we want to mobilize; we want to show our strength and exert our influence. Prayer seems like such a small thing to do - next to nothing at all in fact.
But that's not what Jesus said. To Him prayer is everything; it's a duty as well as a privilege, a right as well as a responsibility. We use prayer as a last resort; Jesus wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do; Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything at all.......
And so we try to help God along. Many times we even try to answer our own prayers. We have the idea that more people will become Christians if we can make God look good to them. So we try to convince them of God's generosity by proving that He answers prayer. If we can help God spruce up his image a little, we can get more people on his side. And that's what he wants us to do, right?
Wrong. He wants us to pray. Always and about everything. During times of joy and sorrow. He wants us to talk to him, not about him. He wants us to talk to him about unbelievers before we talk to unbelievers about him.
Prayer is our business, our only business. Prayer is our Holy Occupation. Plain and Simple."
Mary Beth at New Life Steward has been writing a series on prayer that I have really enjoyed and found very thought provoking. Go check her out!
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