When You Want To Deepen Your Prayer Life But Don’t Know How
Paul says in Romans 7:15, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do. How many of us can relate to that?” I know I sure can. Do you know how many times I have told myself, this week, I will get up early, I will pray, read the word and meditate on God and how much He loves me? Weekly! I assure myself that this is what I need to make the difference in my life. Do I actually do it? Sometimes.
So, why do we do what we don’t want to do? And, why can’t we just stop what we don’t want to do? If it were left up to us alone, we would never get it. At some point we default back to our old ways and do what is most comfortable for us to do. Or, at the very least, we avoid what is most uncomfortable for us. Without the assistance of the Holy Spirit we will fall short most times. But God in all His goodness and love for us, knew that we would need His assistance, so He gave us the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who helps us look and act more like Christ (check out John 14:15-31 to learn more about the Holy Spirit).
This is where prayer comes in.
What exactly is prayer? It is a conversation between you and God. When we ask in Jesus’ name, for something, He goes on our behalf to the Father.
What isn’t prayer? It’s not lengthy, fancy, or too wordy. God knows you and He knows your heart anyway. You can’t fool Him. Just be you!
If you ask to look and act more like Christ, you will see the change quickly.
If you ask to know Him more intimately, He will reveal Himself to you.
If you want to wake up and spend more time with Him in the morning, ask Him the night before to wake you up at a specific time. It is wonderfully shocking how precise He is in doing just that.
Try it! What do you have to lose?