Why do we resist the urge to speak to God? Christ is our intercessor allowing us complete access to our Heavenly Father anytime we have the whim to speak to him. We can speak to him with our mouth, in our head, through song and dance if we are so moved. Not only are we able to do so, but he delights in our prayers. He waits for them.
“Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is.”
C. H. Spurgeon
I started meeting with a new group of people who pray together in our home on Saturday evenings. For the last few months now we come together for an hour or so and spend the time talking to God together, asking for his blessing and wisdom and guidance. Our focus is on our church (The Church) and our community; we pray that we might reach the unsaved and show Christ’s love to our neighbors. My children run around and cause a distraction but somehow it doesn’t detract from the holy time we experience together.
As I’ve spent this time dedicated to a renewal of my personal prayer life, I’ve come to learn much about what is taught about prayer. And I’ve been absolutely amazed, just blown away by what is promised to the faithful, to she who prays without doubt that the prayer will be answered.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15 NIV)
Get that? Anything. “If we ask according to his will, he hears us”. How often do we wish someone would just listen to us? God listens with joy to every single syllable we utter.
“If we know that he hears us (and we do) we know we have what we asked of him.” (slightly paraphrased for emphasis, my own). So if we ask, he listens. And when he listens, he takes action. Every time we pray, something happens.
Prayer is not the least we can do, it is the best we can do.