Worship • Devotion #5: Approachable
Prayer has become one of the biggest aspects of my life. I love spending time talking to my Father. There is a peace and calmness I experience when I come with a thankful heart and gratitude to the very throne room of Heaven. I do not pray because I believe I will get anything or everything I ask, but I pray because God has commanded me to do so. It is an act of obedience to Him. Prayer is just a simple, honest conversation with God inviting Him to be a part of our day.
As a child of the King, I know that He wants to give me good things, but I also know that His way, His timing, and His will are the most important way to live. I have come to the point in my life (finally) that when praying, I ask for Him to direct my every decision and move because staying on track and not getting distracted is vital for all of us, every day. Not listening to the Holy Spirit only takes me backward, and starting over is not an option I like to do. Trusting Him and knowing that the way He answers my prayers are key to my life. Please do not think that I believe I have arrived, but I do strive to make Him Lord of all of my life!
It is sometimes difficult because of the busyness of our lives to find the time to sit quietly and have that heartfelt conversation between God and us. Making time to do this is so vitally important. 1 Thessalonians 5:7 tells us to pray without ceasing, meaning recurring and non-stop. It has to become a way of life, to be continually in an attitude of prayer because our Father is always up, waiting to commune with us.
When praying, I always begin by thanking Him for all He has done, all He is going to do, and all He has given and entrusted me. I love that He is always working upstream in our lives knowing what is best for us, answering our prayers according to His perfect will. I always invite the Holy Spirit to guide me each moment of every day. Sometimes I just come to Him and sing praises, worshiping the King of Kings. What an honor it is to be a part of the Kingdom of God that we can come boldly before Him. Colossians 4:2 tells us to continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Spending time with Him, listening to the Holy Spirit, and waiting for His answers helps us to trust Him. Nothing stops us from communicating with God but us. It is our choice. So go humbly, letting go of all control, getting rid of your pride that you may know what is best for your life, keeping your perspective of whose you are. It is not of who you are, and it will build your faith. When your prayers are answered, it can serve as a witness for those around us who doubt. It also strengthens our relationship with God and fills us emotionally.
Scripture also tells us that even Jesus, the creator of the universe went off by Himself to pray. Prayer is effective not because we are great men and women, but because of a great God who graciously hears His people, the One who suffered and died on the cross to make it possible for us to approach the throne of grace.
Steven Furtick said, “If we give God our attention, He’ll always exceed our expectation.”
C.S. Lewis said, “God designed the human machine to run of Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn on and the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other.”