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Day 8 | What is Prayer?
“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Lk 18:14)
This week is all about the discipline of prayer. As we journey through this week, we must realize that prayer is about real conversation with a real God. It’s about real intimacy with a Savior who poured out His life so that those who trust in Him would have complete and unhindered access to the Father.
One of the best books available on prayer is “A Praying Life,” by Paul Miller. In it Miller writes,
“Prayer mirrors the gospel. In the gospel, the Father take us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of salvation. In prayer, the Father receives us we are because of Jesus and gives us the gift of help. We look at the inadequacy of our praying and give up, thinking something is wrong with us. God looks at the adequacy of his Son and delights in our sloppy meandering prayers.”
Do you ever feel like you struggle to know how to pray or what to say. Well this week, we want to free you up to struggle in prayer. That’s how we grow. We want to give you permission to stumble forward in prayer. God delights in our stumbling, as long as it’s towards him. And what an incredibly hope-filled reality it is that God delights in our sloppy prayers and our frail attempts to speak with him. So don’t feel like you have to have it all together this week, because none of us do. But let’s run to the One who does.
Another amazing thing about God, is that he never gets tired of hearing from us. If you are a parent, there are times when I’m sure you become annoyed by your kids, but check out what Jesus teaches us in this parable about how God loves to be annoyed by his kids.
Luke 18:1–8 (ESV)
1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ ” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
This week, try your hardest to annoy God. As much and often as you can, talk with him. Cry to him. Complain to him. Laugh with him. Yell at him. Rejoice to him. Take him with you all day and everyday. Cuz he’s real and the words you speak to him are heard by him. Don’t forget that.
Take heart and pray. Stop and pray right now for God to give you courage to grow in the discipline of prayer. Pray that God would remind you of the gospel and of His Son. This is going to be a good week. You will pray a lot and every single word you pray will be heard by a Father who loves you more than you will ever know.
Remember, we want to apprehend God for the purpose of being transformed, so that we can be who we were created to be.
For today, we simply want to encourage you to be aware that God is with you. Talk with him as if you’re going about your day conversing with your best friend.
Have an incredible day in the presence of your Savior. Be sure to stay tuned the rest of this week as we focus daily on a different type of prayer and some basic principles to help us grow in this discipline.
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