Friday, February 17, 2012

Could You Not Tarry One Hour?

This is the question that Jesus asked his disciples right before he was arrested and crucified.  It was a lack of prayer preparation that caused the fear and anxiety that led to them abandoning Jesus.  There are so many people in the body of Christ that are struggling due to the lack of prayer.  How can we survive the constant barrage of satanic influences if we do not prayer.  Many in the body of Christ have turned prayer into a religious exercise and totally ignore the true power of prayer.  Prayer is our divine pleasure and opportunity to have relationship with our creator.  Prayer is not a written computer program to be memorized and played over in our heads.  Prayer is a divine release that comes from our spirit.  Oh what a joy it is to have a conversation with the one who saved, redeemed, and delivered a miserable soul like me.  Growing up in church we sometimes learn to pray by observing how others pray.  This is not the best way to learn prayer.  Its almost like trying to get to know your spouse by eavesdropping on the conversation of another couple.  Prayer is supposed to flow like water.  No vain repetitions, repeated cliches, or memorized jargon.  God talked to Abraham as a man talks to his friend.  THAT'S THE PRAYER LIFE I WANT.  Sometimes in church prayer meetings I watch people who are done praying in ten minutes because they ran out of things to say but prayer is more than talking; it's about relating and knowing.

Prayer is about:
  • Praise
  • Waiting
  • Confession
  • Scripture praying
  • Watching
  • Intercession
  • Petition
  • Thanksgiving
  • Singing
  • Meditation
  • Listening
  • Worship
Can you do all of that in 10 minutes?  I can't.  Spend some quality time with God.  Learn how to be still in prayer and focus all your attention on Him.  Who wants to have a romantic date and the other person can't be still?

Pray is OUR pleasure

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