In this letter, I want to talk to you about talking to God. It is amazing to me how that we sinful human beings can communicate directly with God. No, there are no time limits, no waiting periods, and no special appointments. We can talk to Him as many times as we want, as long as we want through prayer.
There are many verses in the Bible that tell us about prayer. Here are a few of them:
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” –Matthew 7:7
“…Men ought always to pray.” –Luke 18:1
“Pray without ceasing.” –I Thessalonians 5:17
“Pray one for another.” –James 5:16
In the first verse, we see that God wants us to pray about everything. He wants us to ask Him for the things we need, and the things we want. God is honored when we bring our requests to Him–be they big or small.
But doesn’t the Bible say that Jesus Christ knows our needs before we ask? Yes, It does say that, but God still wants us to ask.
In the second and third verses, we see that God wants us to pray all of the time, thus: “always,” and “without ceasing”. This does not necessarily mean that we have to have our heads down and our eyes closed every second of the day. It does mean, however, that He wants our spirits in constant communion with Him. In other words, to always have Him, and His Word on our mind. (Don’t feel bad if you don’t have God on your mind at all times, I’m still working on that, myself.)
In the last verse, we see that God wants us to pray for others, and the needs of those around us. There are a lot of bad things happening to people in the world, and you probably know someone who has gone through a tragedy; pray for him or her. When praying for ourselves, we should never forget to pray for others.
Pray, don’t play