Six years ago I was disenchanted with prayer. Discouraged. Confused. And angry.
“Why do we pray?!!” I screamed into the heaven-lies.
It was a time when God went silent in my life. His presence stealth.
I would run outside into the sunset every evening because that was my only tangible promise of God’s presence and goodness. That knowing only lasted until the sun slipped beyond the horizon, then emptiness crept back into my heart as dark as the night sky.
Verses like the one above, promises of answers to prayer confused me. Were those promises only for the disciples? Are they for us today? [Photo by Lauren Lee Luce. Sky by God.]
Why do we pray?
That question haunted me for awhile. I had been so sure before this faith blow that I had a handle on prayer. It was not that I believed I’d figured it out completely, but I had learned to ask God how to pray. I felt I walked daily with Him. I abided. There’s always something to learn from the ancient language underneath our English words. Read the meanings of this Greek word:
Meno; a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) abide, continue, dwell, endure, last, live, permanent, remain, stay, still, wait.
Prayer is a spiritual force in God’s economy that can’t completely be understood by our finite minds. Our prayers are not just temporal, but eternal. (Sandra Chambers)
This has been an intriguing thought for me. Sandy used Revelation 5:8 to prove her point.
. . . .And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Think of it . . . prayers in heaven. Stored in heaven. And they smell good.
Why do we pray if our prayers are not always answered as we petition?
We pray because it unites our hearts with Jesus as we . . . meno, abide. . . stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) continue, dwell, endure, last, live, permanent, remain, stay still, wait. . . on Him.
But Christ not only told the disciples that they must abide in Him, He also told them that His words must also live, stay, continue, endure, and wait in them.
It’s one thing to pray our hearts desires; it’s another to pray Scripture.
I learned the hard way that there is no magical routine or method to prayer–and actually, I’m grateful for that.
But how would our prayers change if we prayed first waiting on Jesus for wisdom on how to pray using scripture verse to incorporate in that prayer? Does it encourage you to know that not one prayer is lost or falls through the eternal cracks?
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What do you think?
Do you think that prayer is a gift for some or a tool for all? Have you been disenchanted with prayer and scriptures like John 15? Does this post encourage you to pray or do you disagree?
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I’m praying for charis grace in our prayers,