What are You Really Saying in Prayer?

God’s Will • Devotion #3: What are You Really Saying in Prayer?
Holly Wells | Assistant to Pastor Jim

Prayer is one of the most vital forms of communication we get to have directly with the Lord. Most of us have been a part of a church, small group, or family prayers where it was led by our pastor, leader, or family member. I believe we have prayed directly over these same groups and likely others who God places in our lives. So, we have heard others pray, and we have prayed ourselves, but what is being said? I do not believe that fancy worded, wonderfully illustrated, smoothly spoken prayers have any greater value or impact than those that are a little rougher, raw, and well real. I have always been told that prayer is simply a conversation (not a monologue) between the Lord and us and that it is our heart posture (or heart condition) toward Him that is most important.

Jesus cared greatly about prayer so much that He gave us a prayer model to follow. Through it, as we continue to glean all we can, let us really focus on the meaning of what is being said so that we can understand if and how our hearts align.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

That is a bold petition to make to the One who is holy, righteous, and just. He is the One who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the Alpha & Omega, the beginning and the end, and the Great I AM! But what does it mean when we pray it? A few words come to mind – the first being trust. I want what God wants, and I trust that He knows best and how to accomplish it. Isaiah 55:8-9 is a reminder to me that even when my opinion or flesh is sure to know the answer or the way, God’s thoughts and ways are not mine. In fact, the verse tells me that His ways are higher than mine! Additionally, I must surrender my will to Him through submitting myself under His authority. I need to stand down and let God be God because guess what? I am not God, and spoiler alert: neither are you (See Isaiah 45:9). To be honest, I fully know that I could not handle even the tiniest portion of being God, which leads me to the next thought: rest. Matthew 6:10 honestly refocuses my eyes, my priorities, and my will to God’s through which I find rest and breathe with relief. I may not know the how, the when, or the why, but I know the Who, and He is more than enough for me (Matthew 11:28-29). This verse also stirs in me a confidence in God, anticipation for what is yet to come, and a thankful heart fully believing that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NASB).

Jesus is the perfect example of this promise, and He helps us understand this concept fully. It was at the end of Jesus’ ministry and nearing the end of His life on Earth that He went away with Peter, James, and John to the Garden of Gethsemane to plead in prayer to His Father. This was the most distressing time of Jesus’ life, and it was here that Jesus (fully God and fully man) seemed most human and frail. Overcome with emotion and anguish, He pleaded with God three separate times to “let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:36-46). Jesus prayed for relief from the suffering He knew He would endure and He laid Himself out before the Lord begging for another way. But He trusted, surrendered, and submitted to God’s will. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus willingly paid the ultimate sacrifice because He knew fully who was at stake – you and me. He went to the cross so that we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Those who pray to receive Christ as their personal Lord and Savior are the fruit of Jesus’ prayer and decision to accept God’s will over his own. Despite the cost, and that being His life, Jesus meant what he prayed. Do you?

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

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