Have you ever thought, “why does praying have to be so complicated?”
As believers, prayer should be as simple and instinctive as breathing, but for many that’s not the case.
Stressing over prayers was never God’s intention for His children. We can get all tongue-tied and nervous, wondering if we are praying the right way.
We complicate our prayer life by trying to follow formulas that seem perfect in theory, but leave us feeling inadequate and uncertain.
One of the most powerful prayers ever spoken was when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus said:
“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11:41b-42 (ESV)
And in His next breath, Jesus cried out in a loud voice saying, “Lazarus, come out” and the man who was dead for four days walked out of the tomb alive.
Look at what Matthew 6:6-8 says:
When you pray go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
God loves to meet you in the quiet places. Tucked away from the noise and chatter. All alone with Him. Sharing your thoughts and requests with pure motives and uncomplicated words.
He sees you. He listens to you. He rewards you.
Your words don’t have to be fancy or super lengthy (unless we have a lot to share with Him), but they must be genuine. Why? Because your Heavenly Father already knows what you need before you ask him. He is ready and eager to respond to your requests.
Remember, it’s not your words that make your prayers powerful and effective. It’s the One you are praying to that releases the power in your life and circumstances.
But why is it that sometimes people pray simple prayers and experience incredible breakthroughs while others pray gut-wrenching prayers and don’t receive the requests they long for?
I’ve experienced both situations and I’ll be honest, it’s hard when the answers don’t come like you hope they would. I sure you know exactly what I mean.
Today I’m sharing a story on Encouragement For Today about a simple prayer that God answered right away. But, there have been times … many time when I’ve prayed gut-wrenching prayers and the answers didn’t come as quickly or clearly as I had hoped.
What do we do then? Do we shake our fists at God and say, “You’re not being fair!” Do we point at others and say, “God, look how you said yes to her. So why aren’t you saying yes to me?”
No. Instead, we remember that our Heavenly Father is all-knowing and knows what is best for us.
We trust Him despite what our circumstances temporarily look like.
We have faith that He will make a way where there seems to be no way.
We press into His presence with an open heart, instead of moving away from Him with a heavy heart, so that He can comfort us.
We believe that His promises are true as we wait on His perfect timing and plans.
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Stay awesome and have amazing weekend,