As I write this, it is raining — answered prayers.
But doesn’t everybody know how to pray? No, it’s just possible that we don’t all know how to pray. I think about Ricky Bobby from the movie “Talladega Nights.” “Dear eight pound, six ounce, newborn baby Jesus, don’t even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent…” He didn’t have a clue as to whom he was actually trying to speak. Bobby would make noise to whoever he thought might be listening. If he didn’t get any response, he would try someone or something else.
I’ve heard it said that in First World War there were no atheists in foxholes and I believe that.
One thing I have come to understand about prayer is that for a prayer to be effective and powerful, the one saying it must have a relationship with Jesus.
And that relationship with Jesus should lead one to pray without ceasing. No, I’m not talkin’ about a Ricky Bobby kind of prayer, or a prayer a lost bull rider might say before he rides.
I’m talking about going to the Lord in prayer often, even to consider prayer on a continual basis. Pray all the time. Now, if you’re driving, don’t close your eyes whilst you pray.
Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica: Rejoice always: pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:16-18 nasb) Short verses, but to the point.
Always rejoice. It’s a happiness that only comes through a relationship with Jesus.
Never quit praying, always be in a sense of prayer. It has kept quite a few ornery cowboys out of trouble. And be thankful for everything. Yes, everything, good or bad.
Jesus is saying…That if you know me personally…then be happy in all things, pray all the time, and always be thankful. Why should we? “For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I’ve been talkin’ about a relationship with Christ and how it is different than religion. Some religious people would say –
Prayer… well, we all know what prayer is. It’s when we say some special words to God.
Some folks even carry around a book of special words. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with having a book of prayers, and there are prayers in the Bible. But when we pray it needs to be our prayer. It’s OK to see how others pray, but there is no need for us to repeat the words of another.
I think it is important that when folks give their lives to Christ that they should pray to God in their own words, not words that I have given that person to say. It means so much more if they make it their prayer seeking salvation in Christ. Often, the simplest prayers are most powerful.
I’ve heard folks say some interesting prayers before.
How about when praying God’s blessings over a meal? Prayers like, “God is great, God is good, let us eat this tasty food.” Or how about a prayer that involves rhyme with rub a dub dub and the word grub?
Even preachers talk about prayer like everyone knows what it is and how it works. But everyone doesn’t know, and it’s our job to teach them that prayer is a two-way conversation with God. It’s simply talking with God, and especially remembering to listen to him. Listening is more important than talking. When it’s God’s time to speak to you, do you have to let him have the talkin’ stick? Just wondering?
We shouldn’t make prayer complicated. It is just a talk with God. Jesus made prayer possible, personal, and powerful. How can we be born again children of God and not talk with the Father?
Communication with God is required, but there are folks that don’t want us to pray. We best obey our Father in heaven.
Choose Jesus and choose life. Find a church where you “fit in” and serve him and grow in Christ. See y’all at church and keep prayin’ for his harvest. Amen.
Reach Wes Kinder at 580-585-3443 or [email protected]