Day 19: God is in The Conversation
Staff Blog ~ Micki Barreto (Worship & Creative Arts Pastor)
Did you know that prayer not only affects our relationship with God but also our relationships with those around us? In fact, much of what we see in our personal relationships (both good and bad) is directly affected by how we pray.
Unfortunately, many Christians are under the impression that prayer is something we do to get and stay on God’s “good side”, but Jesus showed us that prayer is SO much more than that! God has literally opened the lines of communication to us so we have access to Him 24/7! There is no busy tone, no Caller ID, and no voicemail. God is always available to us through prayer. Not only is He available (customer service reps are also “available” – usually after a long hold time), but he actually WANTS to talk to us (not always true with the customer service rep)! How amazing is that?!?
God. Wants. To. Talk. To. You.
Prayer is the lifeline of our relationship with God. If we don’t pray regularly, we need to seriously question the health of our relationship with God. If you never communicated with your spouse, parents, friends, co-workers, those relationships would deteriorate very quickly. Communicating with God does not require any special formula or formality. Jesus simply teaches that we need three things in order to have great communication with the Father: persistence, confidence, and reverence.
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’” (Matthew 6:9-13).
QUESTION: Which quality would you most like to improve in your prayer life: persistence, confidence, or reverence?