What is prayer? Did God give us prayer so that we could talk to Him, or did God give us prayer so that He could speak to us? Is prayer a gift to help us know Him and His will?

 

"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:6-8

God knows what we need before we ask! What we need is to see life from His perspective. We need to let God be God in our lives. We need to know Him as He is. We need to know His plan and His purpose for our lives. We need to let Him work in and through us. That is the power of Prayer.

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 NIV

Our society today hinders us from being still and knowing God. We are so busy we don’t have time to be still in the presence of God.

"Perhaps we are afraid to be still because we don’t like the sound of our own emptiness or pain or confusion. But it is precisely in our weaknesses that God makes Himself known to us as He restores us, forgives us, renews our strength, guides us and convinces us of what we need to change. In his book A Fresh Encounter, Henry Blackaby observes that our culture is conditioned to get information and be entertained. Often we approach God on those terms. What really changes us is an encounter with God, like the  kind Isaiah had as described in Isaiah 6."

When there is nothing else to distract us, there is God. He speaks when we stop and listen, when we give Him our attention, when we give ourselves to Him. It is only then that we meet God, see His holiness, and He changes us.

Mother Teresa said, "We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature–trees, flowers, grass–grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and sun, how they move in silence...the more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.  We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us."

I pray that you will be blessed by taking the time to be still, to listen to God’s voice, to intimately know Him.

1998, 1999

 

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