In the previous post on prayer, we looked at the biblical truth of how abundantly blessed we are… and how that might change the way we pray and ask God to bless us. (Perhaps that little “tweak” in your prayer life has already stimulated thought and growth!) Today’s post in a mere conclusion and summary of the final two “tweaks” to having a better prayer life.
“Be with me.”
We spend these words in our requests to God to be extraordinarily present in our day or difficult situations. Or we might ask God to affirm a loved one with His divine presence. The challenge here is to simply remember that God has revealed Himself to us in the Person of the Holy Spirit. And this same Spirit is “sealed” within us. He won’t leave. He IS WITH US. Perhaps we want to ask God to give us renewed faith…or increasing power to face the obstacles before us/others. That is the better prayer.
As we face certain trips or fearful endeavors, we throw out this arrow to have God protect us. As a parent, I pray this all the time for my little ones. This prayer is a good prayer. It’s biblical! (John 18, Psalm 140) But the greater theological truth is that we know God sometimes allows bad things to happen to his beloved ones. To impose a condition of protection upon God’s kids is a kind of conditionalism that might lead to a wounded faith. Or even worse, what if your real “god” is comfort or safety. Here we might ask of God what we desire, but also yield to His ultimate plan…for us to be used by God for His glory. So pray for that! Pray “God, protect me in this journey so I can fulfill this mission you’ve invited me into. And yet, I seek your will. Use me…even if it hurts.”
May your intimate conversations with God be sweet. May you hear His voice as you meditate on His truths. This kind of “real life in Christ” praying might change everything that you experience in your times with the Father… and I can’t wait to hear what you are learning.
[Again, I am crediting Louie Giglio's "Prayer Re:Mix" series on stimulating this conversation. As I'm sure he might credit someone else...]