Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Have you ever thought about what a privilege it is for us to be able to speak to the King of Kings anytime we want to? And He is always there. He will never tell us He is busy. He will never ignore us. He will never say to come back another time. His door is always open. He is just waiting for us to come to Him.
I believe it’s important to pray for help, direction, and wisdom in our lives. We also have the opportunity to do the same for our loved ones. In our prayers we tend to ask for things, which is fine. But I believe thanking God and praising God is also a wonderful thing to do in our prayers. Some people like keeping a prayer journal. This helps to keep prayers focused. It also helps to look back and see all the prayers that God has answered.
Prayer is so very powerful. A couple of years ago I spoke to a loved one on the phone who was in the hospital. She was scared, depressed, anxious, lonely, and confused. It hurt my heart that I could not go to her since she was in another state. So I posted on Facebook an unspoken prayer request.
The next morning I called this person again and she sounded like a different person. She was upbeat, positive, and optimistic. Prayer transformed this situation. I almost couldn’t believe it myself, seeing this miracle occur. But I know how awesome God is!
There are times when we might not even know what words we should express in our prayers. Perhaps we are in too much pain or too confused about what we are facing. Or as in the story I shared above, many of my friends who prayed did not know exactly what they were praying for because I did not share the details. But the good news is that God knows it all! He knows exactly what we need. He knows better than we do how we are feeling and what we are facing. And the Bible says: “But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” (Romans 8:26-27) How astounding is that!
Whatever you might be going through today, remember how amazing God is and hand it over to Him!