When I first gave my life to Christ, I didn’t know the technicalities of prayer, I didn’t know big great words, I didn’t have a great understanding of the bible. I only knew a few scriptures, psalms 23 & 40 and I learnt Matthew 22:34-40 when I was in primary school because it was an actual song we had to sing in assembly.
Prayer for me was simply a conversation with God, as if God was right in front of me. I was still meeting up with my ex boyfriend and finding it hard to let go of the relationship. I would talk to God and ask Him to help me in this area, I would even read psalms 40 as my prayer (only scripture I knew to be honest lol).
I just knew I needed Gods help so I asked for it sincerely, I really wanted to live for Him but at times it was so hard. I was open with God about how I was feeling and what I was struggling with. God heard my prayers and slowly my desires changed as I kept pursuing Him through the scriptures, I didn’t want to be in a relationship that didn’t honour God, I didn’t want to live in a way that didn’t please Him. It was a process but communicating with God got me to the place I’m at now.
At times we over complicate how we should communicate to God and this may stop us from communicating with Him full stop. We compare ourselves to people that have been in Christ longer than us but all God desires from you is sincerity and transparency, that’s the basic requirement.
The prayer that Jesus gave the disciples in Matt 6:8-13 was a simple model. Let me break it down in the most simple way:
Acknowledgement of who God is, as father. (Verse 9)
That Gods will, which is His intention and plan for your life to be established, that nothing will stop it, not even ourselves. (Verse 10)
That as we read the bible, which is our daily nourishment spiritually, He will be able to give us understanding of what we read and the ability (grace) to live out His word. (Verse 11)
A prayer for His forgiveness of anything we’ve done in the day that is against God, and also for us to also forgive and let go of anything in our hearts against others, as we receive His forgiveness. (Verse 12)
That God will be able to indicate and highlight temptation, so that we are not overcome by it. We are only able to do it by Gods divine empowerment and wisdom, there will be times we may not overcome but we keep asking for the help to overcome. (Verse 13) (Phil 4:13)
Prayer is key to our personal development; it’s just as important as us reading the bible, prayer helps us to also apply what we read to our daily lives. Prayer is the place that we cast our burdens, our worries and anxieties, it is the time we ask for help. It is the place we mention our family and friends and any other issues; above all it is the place we learn to hear God speak back.
You have to learn to take time out and go to a place to pray, to talk with God. Wherever that place might be, you go there and speak to Him. (Matt 6:5-7)
You may think you’ve done so much wrong that you can’t speak to Him, you may feel bad because it’s been so long. However God is not looking at the duration, neither your wrongs, he desires your return to Him, your whole heart.
“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT
Be bold knowing that God will not turn you away, be sure of His unfailing love for you Don’t allow anything to stop you from communicating with God, not even yourself.
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