Different Ways to Pray (1)
Someone who’s better at prayer than you are is already at work on your behalf. ‘God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in us and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves…and keeps us present before God…’ (vv 26-27 TM).
Notice, the Holy Spirit ‘keeps us present before God’. Sometimes we’ve a hard time being ‘fully present’ in prayer. We all know what it’s like to be with another person when their mind is a million miles away.
What’s the answer?
Try jotting down what goes on while you’re praying.
The two most common hindrances to praying successfully are:
a) your mind gets easily distracted by other thoughts;
b) you get tired.
When author John Ortberg shared these two frustrations with a friend, he suggested that John go outside alone and simply invite Jesus to come along with him.
Ortberg writes: ‘The next day I went to the ocean, took off my shoes, started to run and invited Jesus to come along. I found the strangest thing. When I thought I was supposed to be talking to Him, I found it effortful and difficult. Now that all I had to do was invite Him, I couldn’t stop thinking about Him. My mind kept reflecting on His being with me. I found myself wanting to point out the pelicans and the waves to Him. People and concerns would pop into my mind, and I would find myself telling Jesus about them. Everything changed.’
So, invite Jesus to come along with you today and share each thing you do with Him.
‘…He…keeps us present before God…’ Romans 8:27 TM
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Luke 11:1, 5-6, 8-10; John 14:13-14
Lord, teach us to pray. Jesus said to them, “which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight & say to him, ‘friend lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, & I have nothing to set before him.’ I tell you, though he will not get up & give him anything, yet because of his persistence he will rise & give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, & it will be given to you; seek, & you will find; knock, & it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, & the one who seeks finds, & to the one who knocks it will be opened. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the father may be glorified in the son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it!!!
We know that God cannot lie. He promises us so much. If only we would believe Him & begin to ask, seek & knock until He comes to our rescue! He is faithful to His word! Only believe & act today! Never delay!