Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Keith Green sang, "Make my life a prayer to You..." God, that would be so amazing...
What is prayer? I think it is simply speaking with the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists. I believe there is more. Could our lives really become a prayer? We are told to pray without ceasing. How is that possible? Dear God, please help us pray constantly. May we see through Your eyes of compassion and love. Help us pray for the needs of others as You reveal them. Oh God, please fill our hearts with Your love and give us a bigger picture of You and what prayer means.
Often words seem so inadequate. There are times when we don't know how to describe what is on our hearts. God understands. He hears our hearts.
I believe prayer is communion between our hearts and God's heart. He speaks through His Word, through people, life's circumstances, through His creation, and sometimes through impressions. It is a lifeline. Even when we feel alone He is there. We are never alone.
Sadly, many on the threshold of eternity have no desire to know the One who made them. Imagine their horror when they stand before the One they rejected. May we pray with compassion that scene doesn't happen for others. God takes no delight in the death of the wicked.
I am sure God is grieved by the evil so prevalent in our world. He asks us to pray so that lives and situations can be transformed. I don't presume to understand why God asks us to pray, He doesn't need us, but we desperately need Him. Jesus is quoted in John 15:5 as saying, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." I believe that. We are a dead branch if we are cut off from the source of life. There is nothing we can do of any eternal value apart from God's enabling. We abide in Him by spending time with Him, talking with our beloved Saviour. That is the heart of the relationship. That's how we hear His heart.
I have not arrived. I am not speaking to you from some lofty spiritual mountain. I am learning just like you. We are on this journey together. Ask God to give you a heart that prays. I pray prayer, talking with the Creator of all that is, will become as natural for us as breathing. He loves us so much we can't even imagine the depths of His love. Blessings, Beloved of God.