“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” - Luke 11:1 (NIV).
A long time ago I had an elderly friend who was a great conversationalist. He would call and freely talk on almost any subject under the sky. As the conversation tapered off, and you were eager to bring it to a conclusion, then he would suggest, “Now, let’s pray.” His prayer, just like his conversation, were a journey, in which you felt you were no more as he talked intimately to God, bringing to Him all the issues you had talked in a gentle and lovely voice.
There are many forms of prayers said. Some are scripted prayers like the Apostles Creed. There are spontaneous prayers that emanate from the spirit. The Roman Catholic Church has a list of written prayers to be said to certain saints. Prayers are our expression to the utmost God, where as His dear children we unburden ourselves to Him, in many ways.
One way to pray is as though we are conversing with God. We see that in the life of Moses who on more than one occasion he pleaded to God as with a close friend. At one point the fury of God was bordering on exterminating all the Israelites for their rebellion. “Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand… Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people” (Exodus 32:11-14)
One has a feeling that Moses was very comfortable while talking to God. He talked to God as a friend, a loving father, someone he knew very well was on His side. He could go on and on making his case, quite unhurried. Which reminds me of my old friend who has since gone to glory. I can imagine the long conversations he is having with God, for he must have picked up from where he left. May God help us come to Him and talk to Him frequently without a script as with a dear friend, knowing that He is gently listening and ever on our side.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, once the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, and today I pray that your spirit enables me always to come to you and talk as with a dear friend, for you are a loving and listening Father.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!