I taught a group of about 10 kids last week about prayer. Church kids all know what prayer is. We do it before the offering, we do it at the end of the service, we do it before we eat and before bed. I started to wonder if there were any adults out there with the same mindset. That prayer is just something you do at certain times of day, just because. I asked the kids about their very best friend, the one they loved and shared all their stuff with. Then I asked if they ever talked to their friend, and if so, how often. I asked them if they thought their friend would still be their best friend if they never talked to them again, or worse, if the friend only talked to them if they wanted to borrow something.
When we give our lives to Christ, He should become the most important person in our life, our best friend and confidant. As the kids in my class all noticed, you have to talk to your friends constantly in order to feel close to them. Prayer isn't asking for help or things we want and need. It is intimate communication between 2 people who love each other.
If you are feeling a distance from God, or if you are unsure of where He is leading you or what He wants you to do, I have a secret for you and it will blow your mind....... talk to Him. The Bible tells us to devote ourselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2) and never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). That doesn't mean that you go to God with your laundry list of what you want Him to do for you, what kind of friend does that? Be respectful, remember who you are speaking with.
My dad (Studies4Life.com) loves acrostics, and he often shares C.A.T.S. to help others with their prayer life.
C= confess, ask for forgiveness for the sins you have committed, and turn away from them A= adore, praise God for who He is T= thank, show gratitude for shelter, food, health, family, finances, answered prayer........ S= supply, ask God to provide for your needs, ask for guidance
Remember that there is nothing that you can tell God that He doesn't already know, but He still wants to hear from you and make sure to leave time while you pray to be quiet and listen for His replies.
I am humbled to come before you. You are mighty and holy God and I praise you. Forgive me for ever neglecting to communicate with you, forgive me, Lord, for the things I do to displease you. Thank you for your presence, thank you being faithful and merciful. I thank you for the gift of salvation, for my family, my health, and for loving me. I am asking that you would continue to draw me closer to You, guide my steps, give me understanding when I read Your word.
In Jesus name, Amen
Author Bio Angie Smith is a homeschooling WAHM of 5 kids. She gave her life to Christ in OCT 2008 and has been active in ministry since, serving as Worship leader, secretary, teacher and occasional floor mopper at her church. She loves Jesus and is inspired to share her stories of believing, worshiping and leading. Visit Angie on the web at http://thoughts4theroad.com