1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)
Never stop praying.
We have a relationship with God.
The definition of ‘relationship’ is;
“The way in which two or more people or things are connected. The state of being connected.”
The way we have a relationship with our family and our friends, is similar to the way we should view our relationship with God. A real relationship requires love, patience and communication, among other things.
Today our focus is communication. In order to maintain a healthy and connected relationship with anyone, including God, we must talk, discuss and conversate. Prayer is the way that we communicate with God. The more we spend time with Him, the more we get to know Him and His love for us.
Many of you may be familiar with the ‘ACTS’ method of prayer,
- Adoration – Give God praise and honour for who He is as Lord over all.
- Confession – Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.
- Thanksgiving – Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and the world around you.
This is a good starting place for prayer and will help you to begin your conversations with God – They do not always have to be vocal, just as we can write letters to our friends and family and still retain a relationship with them, we can also journal to God and we must remember that above all, God knows our thoughts – so don’t worry yourself too much if you miss a day where you set aside some specific time for prayer.
Psalm 139:4 (NLT)
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us how to pray (the ‘ACTS’ method of prayer mirrors this);
9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. 10 May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
Lastly, We must also be prepared to listen to God. A relationship would not be healthy at all, if one person did all of the talking and didn’t listen to what the other had to say. God wants to speak to us when we pray but we have to be ready to hear.
“Prayer is God’s means of getting through to us, so that we can do things for Him! As we pray, God takes our focus off our needs and puts our focus on His love and power. Through prayer, God changes our perspective to conform to His purposes; He establishes His priorities for our lives; He leads us into all truth.”
Our challenge for you today is to set aside some personal time for prayer. Talk to God, tell Him your thoughts, your worries, your fears, ask Him for your hearts desires and thank Him for what He has already done in your life and the world around you and be prepared and open to hear His voice and what He has to say to you, remember that He loves you, unconditionally.