What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.            

C.S. Lewis

 

Praying isn’t meant to be a show.  It’s intended to be a conversation—between us and God.

Prayer consists of several things—adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication to name a few.  But something I think it entails that we tend to forget, is honest conversation.  God knows the truth before we tell him (if we ever do)—and one of the reasons prayer can seem like such a chore is because we are so busy trying to avoid talking about just what it is that is bothering and worrying us, and even what may be plaguing and tormenting us.    

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.   (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, The Message Bible)

You see, God hasn’t posted a long list of prayer rules on some locker room wall for us to adhere to.  We pray when we don’t have an hour to set aside— when we are battling fatigue or doubt—and when we might be really struggling in our battle against sin.  God wants us to come to him in prayer all the time as Paul reminds us.  To imagine that we can get ourselves clean enough, ready enough, or be serious enough to have God listen to us, let alone accept us—isn’t only silly, it’s flat out offensive to him. 

Jesus is our advocate and it’s only because of his worthiness that we can come in the first place to a place of prayer.

And have a conversation with God Almighty.

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