Of all the parts of my walk with Christ, I feel as though my prayer life is what suffers the most. I honestly think it’s a mixture of sheer laziness coupled with the fact that I just love reading and untangling the Bible and figuring out more about my Heavenly Father. These days, God has really ministered to me about the importance of prayer, so everyday can be a slaaaay day.
Jesus is the perfect example of how to have a meaningful conversation with God as we learn how to address Him (bringing him Glory and honour). When Christ was on earth he experienced all we go through (Philippians 2:5-8) and therefore is able to give us to a clear demonstration of how to pray (Hebrews 2:14-18). This type of prayer is meant to minister to our spirits and satisfy all that stresses us.
Prayer is really less complicated than it seems I promise and when you realize this you get to focus on being in His awesome presence which we often neglect.
2. You don’t have to make the prayer long to be heard. Short and sweet is sometimes more powerful because it means you have faith as “your father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8), so why be a broken record and keep repeating the same things to make the prayer longer?
So prayers can be short sweet and guided 🤸🏽♀️🤸🏽♀️🤸🏽♀️
Have you ever thought of the purpose of interacting with God before? Why does he call us into His presence?
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
He wants us to love Him and in turn have a more intimate relationship with us. When we bond with God through prayer we strengthen ourselves and it can be the most transformative form of fellowship. We are motivated and encouraged in the truth about ourselves, God’s love for us and His plans over our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).
The Bible says at all time we ought to pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). Let’s take a look at the story of Hannah (1 Samuel 6:20). Now the lord had CLOSED Hannah’s womb. This was intentional. How many times have we seen a closed door that we know ought to be open and given up instead? Wake. Pray.
So, Hannah had been barren for a few years and Peninah (her husbands 2nd wife)had been making fun of her for this. One night, with deep sorrow in her heart she cries out to the Lord to answer her prayers
Prayer and supplication is meant to be a safe haven for a believer. You’re not meant to leave it the same way you came..After prayer, you will no longer be sad in the Mighty name of Jesus!!!
When next Hannah laid down with her husband “the LORD remembered her request, and in due time she gave birth to a Son”.
What an awesome God!!
The next time she saw Peninah she was probably like:
What do you think such a miracle did for her prayer life? I believe that God allowed her to get to such a vulnerable point so that he could empower her and draw her much closer to Himself. I’m sure Hannah spent a lot more time and effort praying and being in the presence of God after she became pregnant. Subconsciously it had taught her who God was and the miracle worker He is, was and always shall be.
That desperation and vulnerability Hannah felt caused God to work in her favour. Sometimes we need a heavy reminder that nothing is by our might but through the grace of God.
There are people going through seasons of barrenness : “Year after year it was the same”. They go into a new year hoping for a better relationship, better job, better home, better marriage, better health…but sometimes that same year ends in that circle of failure.
Just as Jacob wrestled with God in the desert, pray to God saying “I will not let you go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26). This is the kind of desperation that Hannah had and we must have to see our lives shift in the right direction.
Through every season God remains unchanging, omnipotent and omnipresent which means He will always be in control. When we enter prayer with Him he wants us to be precise and organized with our prayer points.
When you pray I hope your burdens get lifted off you because that is God’s will for your life. You’ll go into the next day full of confidence and God’s presence. And if you still haven’t received what you’re praying for?
Prayer ultimately restores our hope and capacity to wait for God’s provision and timing.
Not only did Hannah give birth, she gave birth to one of greatest prophets in the Bible. Often some of the greatest blessings in our lives appear barren at first but pray, pray and pray some more!!! Get ready for the birthing season because the Lord will remember your request.
And when the time comes, ooooh child you will SLAAAAAY.