Week Forty Six
Don’t Forget to Pray
James 1:5-8 (MSG)
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“I hope to learn and to teach others to PRAY...”
The title of my book and this devotion series is, Pray While You’re Prey. While it may seem like much of the focus is on the second “prey,” the issue of singleness, most of the focus should be on the first “pray.” It never ceases to amaze me that God wants to communicate with me. Who am I that He is concerned about me? Who am I that He should even care? God created heaven and earth and everything in it. He hung the sun, the moon, and the stars. He gave life to plants, animals, man and woman. He is all-knowing, ever-present and all powerful. Why would He, as great as He is want to talk to a speck of dust like me?
Simply, He wants to talk to me because I am His. God doesn’t want us to worship Him out of religion and routine. God wants a relationship. He wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. How can we be our true selves before God if we do not communicate with Him? God desires intimacy, authenticity, and dependency. He wants to help. But, we have to stop thinking that our issues are too small to bother God. We have to stop thinking that God is a genie meant to grant wishes. We need to start thinking about how we like those we love to communicate with us.
Imagine a relationship in which the person you love only talks to you when he or she needs something. Imagine a relationship in which your significant other does not want to share the intimate details of his or her feelings. The difference is that in human relationships, we may never know what is hidden deep within, but God always knows our innermost thoughts and desires. He is just wondering why we don’t bring them to Him.
Imagine a relationship where one person does all the talking and never listens. Communication is two ways. Yes, God wants to hear our thoughts, our pains, our joys, our desires, our victories, but He also wants us to listen. He wants us to come to Him boldly and believing that He and He alone has the answer. We need to not go to God worried that He won’t answer. While we might not always hear the answer we want to hear, we have to know that God’s answer is best and that there is no other option, but to follow His path.
If you find yourself feeling empty, exasperated, exhausted, truly ask yourself if you have been communicating with God. Trust me, I know it is easy to run to a friend or family member with every thought or concern, but as well meaning as that person may be, we cannot forget to pray. We must keep the lines of communication open with the Loving Father who only wants our best for his glory!
Thank You, God for being a God that
I don’t have to be scared to talk to.
Please forgive me for running to others
when I need to cast my cares upon You.
Lord, please help me to never be lax in my
communication and relationship with You.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.