Pursuing intimacy with God through prayer is not as difficult as some would want to believe.
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12
I have spoken to several people over the years, who view prayer as some complicated process. As if to pray is to speak a foreign language full of elaborate words and phrases. Fortunately for us, this is not the case.
To describe prayer in my own words, I would say it is “direct communication and fellowship with God. A simple, yet purposeful and deliberate conversation meant to develop an intimate relationship with him.”Prayer is a purposeful and deliberate conversation meant to develop an intimate relationship with God.Click To Tweet
PRAYER IS COMMUNICATION WITH GOD
Communication is an important aspect of any relationship and a healthy relationship requires two people talking and listening to each other.
I love my husband very much and I can go on the assumption that he knows that. But, if I were to roll out of bed and ignore him, with no attempt to have conversations with him throughout the day, how would I communicate that love to him.
Choosing to spend time with my husband and with the use of words, I get to express my love and appreciation for him. In the process of sharing, I get to know his heart and he mine. This intentional practice not only let him know of his importance to me, but it is also a great way for us to build and achieve intimacy. This intimacy can then lead to a successful marriage.
THE PRIVILEGE OF PRAYER
The same thing happens when we spend time in prayer with God. Prayer allows us to share all aspect of our life with him. It is difficult to learn about who God is if we do not have a daily line of communication with him. As intimacy with him grows, we get a better understanding of who he is and we get to know his heart for us.
Prayer is the key that takes us to the throne room!!
Nothing takes us into the presence of God faster or better than prayer. And there is just no greater privilege than to be able to step into the holy presence of Almighty God! A privilege not to be taken for granted as the price to have it came at a great cost.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF PRAYER
Prayer is not some sort of religious ritual to be performed without thought. Nor is it some last minute life line to be used when we encounter difficulties or just to ask for what we want.
God gave us the amazing gift of prayer so we can spend time in his presence. How awesome, that the King of kings is interested in spending time with us, hearing our heart and sharing our inner most thoughts! Not only do we have his permission to approach but he calls us to come. We can be confident that he will receive us with mercy and grace.
Before sin entered the picture, Adam and Eve shared an affectionate relationship with God. They spent time together, strolling through the Garden, sharing in intimate conversations.
Sin destroyed that intimacy, creating a barrier between God and man. Fellowship, however, was restored when Christ shed his blood to cover our sin and redeem us to God. The gift of prayer then draws us back into intimate communion with him and him with us.The gift of prayer draws us into intimate communion with God and him with us.Click To Tweet
HE HEARS OUR PRAYER
“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6
I have shared in a previous post that my car is my war room. In this quiet space, I get to spend time with God, sharing my thoughts with him and petition heaven for needs and desires. This time of mutual interaction draws me closer to him and him to me.
I can approach God with confidence because he promises to hear the prayers of his children. I shared with a friend several days ago that even though he does not always answer my prayers the way I would like him to, I take great comfort in the knowledge that God still hears me and accept that he knows what’s best for me.
PRAYER TRANSFORMS US
The power of prayer is wonderfully transforming. It deepens our faith as we learn to pray according to God’s will and trust him. It is comforting to know that we are never alone and God will see us through, no matter what. Prayer provides strength and encouragement to us and to those on whose behalf we petition him for in times of need.
Personally, I want to know God so intimately, that when I pray I get to touch the hem of his garment and, as a result, have his anointing fall on me. I want to be able to enter the Holy of holies where the impossible becomes possible. I want to have sweet fellowship and lasting communion with my Father.
“Prayer breaks all bars, dissolves all chains, opens all prisons, and widens all straits by which God’s saints have been held.” Edward Mckendree Bounds
Come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith as we pursue intimacy with God through prayer.