VI: To Know, That Is Why We Pray
What happens when I pray? I am tuned into the heart of God, and how much better it is to feel what He feels—He is full of delight when He looks at me. This makes me fearless. He has great plans for the people around me. This makes me love them. He knows more than I can imagine, and His thoughts are of higher, purer, more lovely things. This means I can know the mind of Christ. To be bold, to love, and to know, that is why I pray.
Last Thursday at HOME, our guest speaker Dustin shared his heart for prayer in hopes that we would be encouraged to pray and know the heart of God. What he had to say lifted the burden of self-reliance, as we recognized that nothing we do or think has to be of our own strength. The all-knowing God is just waiting for us to skim the surface of His mind through prayer. All we have to do is talk to Him. When we do, He will reveal truth. He will lead. It is His will that will come to be, not our own. Here are just a few facts about prayer we covered last Thursday:
Prayer Is a Glimpse into the Happenings of Heaven
Prayer reveals a dimension beyond our own flesh and blood. When we are conscious of our partnership with Heaven in the spiritual realm, we have greater vision for the things of the Lord, and we actually think of ourselves less. We see the way God is moving around us and how we ca participate in it: What is He doing in my community? Most likely something you want to be a part of. What is He saying about my neighbor? Probably something that will bring them freedom when you share it with them. What does He want me to do? Greater things than He did.
God Loves Your Heart More Than Your Words.
Words are powerful: We’ve probably all had goosebumps after hearing a beautiful speaker, and then felt silly for ever attempting to construct a sentence! There’s no doubt that the Lord inspires beautiful language (look at the Psalms and Song of Solomon), but the good news for all of us is that prayer is propelled by our hearts more than our words. In Matthew 6:7-8, Jesus says, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your father knows what you need before you ask him.” God already knows our hearts, so there is no pressure to articulate it to him!
Prayer Will Change You.
When we pray, God does not become more faithful. We become more faithful because we know His heart and His mind. We hear what He’s whispering about ourselves and the rest of His creation and can walk boldly in this knowledge. Knowing truth is a powerful tool for us as prayers, believers, and laborers.
Learn about an Up, In, Out model of prayer here.
Our prayer: God, teach us to pray and reveal to us the riches of your knowledge, so we can love and live like You.
Our challenge to you: Make a list of things to pray for and Scriptures to pray over those requests. Spend more time praying to God in secret this week.
The HOME Downtown Team