Prayer is a powerful thing when we actually believe what we are praying. Have you ever prayed and after praying you felt nothing. Was the prayer that you prayed just a routine prayer? Like praying for your food at lunch or praying before bedtime. Most people have a conditioned response to prayer; especially when you are asked to pray in public. Why is it that we simply pray without even thinking about it first? When we prepare to speak to other people, we usually practice what we are going to say. We contemplate what we should and should not say. Why do we not do this same thing when we talk to God? When Jesus prayed, he prayed with feeling, compassion, with all that He had. He prayed as if His life depended on it. He prayed in a way that was a conversation with God; not just asking for the same thing in ten different ways. The Psalmist Prayed in Psalm 139:23-24 for God to Search Him. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. This was clearly not a conditioned prayer. It was a prayer with compassion and thought. It was a prayer with feeling and sincerity. It was a crying out to God as if his own life depended on it. This prayer actually meant something to the soul that cried it out to the ONE TRUE GOD. If we are to PRAY without ceasing, then we must not pray conditioned prayers, but we are to PRAY like JESUS. PRAY with feeling, compassion, with all that you are. Thank God daily for PRAYER, because He has blessed us with a direct line of communication with the King of kings and Lord of lords. PRAY in the POWER of the NAME of JESUS. AMEN.
From Your Pastors Heart,