‘Get my people praying . . . you have really only scratched the surface, Girl,’ I felt
the Lord impress upon my heart, as I sought him about making a greater
impact in Long Beach. ‘Next
steps will become clear, as you pray.’ “You will seek me
and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”1 And so, I want us to rest here a
moment. I wish I could just get your undivided attention on this matter—you see,
if we could somehow grasp the all-important, all-powerful gift of
communing with the God of the Universe, we would not only pray more, but
we would see radical change all around us!
When we bow our hearts in prayer, we ought to do so expectantly, knowing that God is meeting us. ¨What you think when, in your
mind’s eye, you see God listening to you—how you view him right then
matters; Friends, we must think rightly about God! I agree with this
powerful statement: "What comes into our minds when we think about
God is the most important
thing about us,"2¨ Oh, we shall not
fully understand God's character, or even His abiding love for
us. . . but we must try!
God is wild about you; He thinks you are delightful; He says you have been
fearfully and wonderfully made. You might notice that your biceps
aren't as big as they were when you were 23, while your waist size is
bigger than it was at 30--but He doesn't. He is interested in
you, at your core. . . your heart, your soul, and your
mind. It is one of the greatest mysteries in this life to
contemplate just what his love for us might mean, if only we could grasp
it. Unfortunately, we have let others be the 'keeper of the keys' as to
our worth, and let others interpret God's character to us, instead of
investigating it on our own, searching out Scripture, and pouring
ourselves into developing an ever-deeper experiential relationship with
him. [please reread that paragraph again—out loud]
Christian, how long has it been since you cried out to God? How long has it been since you hit your knees?
His storehouses are limitless, his attention so individual, and his desire
to talk with us in prayer incredible! You know, Scripture tells us God
'will sing over us with his love'. (Zephaniah 3.17) Go ahead. . . top
that! Nothing in this world comes close to the importance
of God’s great love for us.
Creating order in our prayer
time is a way of feeling more complete, more thorough—more
organized in thought, and less given to distraction. One
of folks’ frustrations with their prayer time is feeling as though it is
always, ‘Lord, please do this, or give me that, or…’ From
a message I delivered to a high school group about 13 years ago
entitled, "How to skin A CAT", I developed the acronym A.C.A.T.
A is for Adoration - taking a moment to start your prayer by giving God his 'due', praising him for who he is.
C is for - searching your self, and allowing God to also show anything you need to confess and turn away from
A is for Asking - for your needs--and also interceding for the needs of others
T is for thanking God for
his good gifts to you--for your health,
children, your job, sunshine, hope, grace, forgiveness, mercy, new days.
. . you get the idea., Heaven, your spouse, your
When I am able, I like to write my prayers in a spiral notebook, using this grid to stay focused--I am
present with my pen, and my mind is not as apt to wander. The notebook
also serves as a record of God's unending faithfulness in my life. Now,
if you like to pray in your car--perhaps you could put the four words on
a post-it note and put it on your dashboard, turn off your radio, and
pray out loud. This is not to make you feel regimented, but to give you
the freedom to pray about all that is in your life, without getting lost
or distracted. Plus, with the advent of the 'blue tooth', while you are
praying, folks will just assume you are talking on the phone--so go
ahead, pour out your heart
and mind to God.
God longs to hear your prayers, and be with you. He invites you to bring all to him. ‘Pray without ceasing', Friends. Obey him in this.
1 – Jeremiah 29.13
2 – A.W. Tozer