Prayer is a powerful and awesome way for us to communicate to God. It throws me for a loop trying to figure out how He hears me and everyone else praying to Him at the same time. I get confused when more than one person is trying to talk to me at the same time. And here is the fabulous gift He’s given us through prayer…prayer has nothing to do with informing God of what is going on in your life. While it’s a communication tool, God doesn’t need you to tell Him what is going on. He already knows it!
Follow me on this, I am going somewhere with it. God is eternal – always has been and always will be. He knows it all, from beginning to end, and nothing surprises Him or catches Him off-guard. He’s always on duty, and always watching. So why do we need prayer? It’s a reflective tool designed for us! We are the ones that need prayer, not Him! So what is the real design behind prayer? It’s intended to bring us to several points which we will look at over the next few days.
(1) It brings our spirits to stillness. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” You can’t know and trust in God until you are still and allow Him to lead you. That seems like such a small and simple task for us, but when was the last time you were spiritually still before the Lord?
As a mom, one of the things I consistently have to remind myself of, is the fact that my children do not belong to me. They belong to the Lord. I cannot be with them 24/7, I cannot control the world they live in, and I cannot dictate the decisions they will make growing up. So, I have to be still, let Him protect them and be their ever-watchful Father. Sometimes the being still and waiting is the hardest part, not just because I am their mother, but also because I have been conditioned by society to hurry up and accomplish more.
Have you noticed that today’s world is pushing us faster by the day? The cell phone companies are vying for your business based on the “the fastest network.” People are pushing for faster speed limits (Texas is currently considering an 85 mph limit on their interstates). Even our businesses are running more on “real time” electronically than we ever have before.
It’s hard for us to be still spiritually before the Lord when we are constantly being pushed and pulled faster by society. How can we break the cycle spiritually and be still before Him? We have to condition our spiritual lives to run on a different clock than our physical lives. We have to put ourselves on God’s time table and let Him dictate what time it actually is.
Here are some helpful tips to begin to recondition your spiritual life around that of God’s time:
(1) Pray without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17) – As you continuously pray throughout the day, it’s a constant reminder that you are putting things in His hands and you need to wait on Him.
(2) Make a dedication (Romans 8:28) – He has called you, He has a purpose, a plan, for you. Trust that He knows best. Hand Give Him lead and He will do what is best for you.
(3) Trust in the Lord (Psalm 18:2) – He will sustain you in your time of need. Once you’ve dedicated yourself or your situation to the Lord, trust that He will do what He’s said He’ll do!
Jesus loves you – He will not forsake you – even when you feel you need the answer right then. His timing is perfect. He’s never late, never wrong and never forgets His children. Trust Him – be still – let him have control!