READ: Psalm 116:2
As I sat down to write this devotional, I did what probably any of us would do when we are struggling with where to start something. I turned to Google. I quickly realized 2 things:
First, there are a lot of
‘experts’ and information out there on prayer. From quotes, to examples of prayers, instructions on how to pray, even the ways God answers prayers. It all was quite overwhelming.
Second, the only place I should be looking for inspiration on writing a devotional on prayer is God’s word.
Max Lucado said “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”
The power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it.
So many times I feel like we have to ‘say the right words.' That our prayers have to be some perfectly thought out work of literature, or they’re just not quite good enough. But in reality, the words we say and how we say them are not what’s important. He knows what we need before we even ask, remember Matt 6:8?
We need to just simply be spending time in conversation with God. I have numerous conversations throughout the day – with my family, with the children I teach, with coworkers. None of these conversations are difficult to have. Our prayers with God should be that simple - a conversation.
PRAY: Almighty Father, thank You for knowing my heart and knowing my needs even before I do. Help me to worry less about the words I say and focus more on spending time daily in conversation with You.