Purpose of Prayer | Devotions of the Week Vol. 12

February 26, 2016

In our small groups, small pieces of paper were passed around. Each person wrote down a few words describing prayer.
A conversation.
Talking with God.

It may seem silly and even pointless to some. How can you talk to someone who you cannot even see? How can I expect someone who I cannot touch to move in miraculous ways? There are so many questions that I cannot answer. There is so much that I do not know, because I am not perfect. There are so many times that I cannot explain why He did not fulfill the answer I wanted when praying.
Pointless. Many people fall short of their walk with God because of an "unanswered" prayer. When my dad was in the hospital, all I could was ask God to please heal him. Heal him of his pain. Take it all away. It may not be apparent in the present time that you pray, but He always answers prayer. 
 He will always answer -- yes, no, or later. 
Matthew 7:7-11 // "Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."

He did answer my prayer with my dad. He did take away his pain and used his death to bring me closer to Him. I did not see it at the time that He answered my prayer. As a human, I am guilty of always wanting the answer I want. As a Christian, my life is not my own. God wants the best for me therefore He will give me the best answer.
Prayer is not just a 'ask and you shall receive' gesture. Prayer is about being intentional. Resting in Him. Prayer is not just a time where you ask God to do this, give me this, arrange this. Prayer is a personal time and connection with God.
In a friendship, how do you grow closer to that person? You talk to them, right? You get to know them. That is what prayer is for. Prayer is the opportunity we have to grow and strengthen our relationship with God. Prayer is knowing and believing that He is there, He is near, and He is love. 
Psalm 25:6 // "Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
You may not be able to use the eloquent words that your pastor may use. I certainly cannot. Prayer isn't just about the words. It is about being intentional about connecting with God. 

As I am challenging myself to dig deeper in my prayer life, I challenge you to find time to just talk with Him. Sit down, rest in Him, and lift up your thoughts in prayer. 

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