Some Things I Have Learned Part 1

 

I have just recently, and absolutely by the grace of God, been given the position of Prayer Coordinator in my campus ministry. I really am honored to have this position because I am by no means the best “pray-er”. The Lord has given me this position because He has plans for me and for the ministry….BIG PLANS! And that’s super exciting! My role as Prayer Coordinator officially begins when the semester starts in August but in the mean time I am devoting this summer to learning as much as I can from the Lord, about anything and everything, but a lot about prayer 🙂 The following is what I have learned thus far in my life:

• Prayer is HARD….especially when you are incredibly lazy….like me
• Prayer takes practice! You are not going to be good at it at all if you haven’t “practiced” in a while, just like anything else, that’s why it’s called a spiritual discipline!!
• Going along with that: prayer takes discipline, and lots of it!
• Prayer is SO rewarding!
• Prayer. Is. POWERFUL!! Laying our requests before the God of all the Universe is NOTHING to stick your nose up at! (John 15:7)
• Just like it is powerful, it is also IMPORTANT! Not only because we are literally taking the people, circumstances, concerns etc. in our lives and laying them before the Father to ask for help for those people, circumstances and concerns, but we are also learning in the act of prayer. Learning to be humble before the Lord God Himself, learning to accept His will above all else, learning to desire His will above all else!
• Prayer is pretty stinkin’ cool! Before Jesus, the Israelites had to go through soooo much just to approach the Lord in His temple. In fact, they themselves could not even approach Him, and I’m sure a lot of them didn’t want to. He’s big and scary and powerful. They had to be content with a priest, who first had to extensively purify Himself, to go before the Lord for them! (See the book of Leviticus) Because of Jesus, WE. GET. TO. TALK. TO. GOD! Do you understand how crazy that is?! I know I often take that privilege for granted!
• Prayer is for His glory ultimately! While yes, we are invited to approach the throne of God boldly with Jesus as our Mediator, our Savior, our Grace-giver (Psalm 62:8, Hebrews 4:16), we must remember that it is not all about us. In fact, very little of it is about us…some of the content and really that’s it. The rest is about us humbling ourselves before a mighty God, in complete faith that He is going to do, not what we want, but what He wants. None of that can come from a selfish motive, no, prayer is All. About. Him. (1 Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:17)
• While long prayers are great, sometimes they’re just not necessary. You do not need to have these long, drawn out times of prayer with the Lord and use crazy “Christianese” in order to get His attention. You can if you want to and if that is truly a God-glorifying experience for you, more power to ya! But I know for me, it can get very distracting when I try to draw out my prayers into this long rant because I feel like that is more honoring to the Lord. Sometimes just laying it before Him simply and then trusting that He has heard you, even if you used the plainest language in the world, is best. And sometimes it is enough to just, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
• Having said that, it is also important to remember who you are talking to when you are praying. Lately I have fallen into the habit of just immediately approaching the Lord in prayer and saying, “Hey, this is what I want. Bye.” Yes, we absolutely have the utmost freedom to approach the Lord in prayer, by the name of Jesus, whenever we want to. He likes hearing from us. BUT, we MUST remember that this isn’t just any old ordinary person we are speaking with, this is The LORD, God of the Universe. Just that fact alone demands respect from those of us who have been created by Him. (Col3:16, 1 Chron. 29:11, Genesis 1:1-31, Psalm 18 especially verse 30)

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