When I like someone, all I want to do is spend as much time with them as possible and get to know them (just so we are clear….I’m talking about girls too). I want to hear about what they are passionate about, what they are reading, what they value, what their pet peeves are, and what they are going through. I want to know about their families, the kind of people they gravitate to, their long-term goals, and if they prefer coffee or tea. C’mon, that tells me a lot about you…
When I like someone, I don’t feel obligated to talk to them or meet up with them. I want to spend quality time with them, so I can know them – understand them – share life with them. (Makes sense, since quality time is my #1 love language).
I have always struggled with the concept of prayer. How does God want me to talk to him? How often should I pray alone and why is it important to pray corporately? Can I pray for things I want – is that selfish? If God answers however he wants, what is the purpose of even praying?
When we begin to treat prayer as a Christian obligation – we become more concerned with the logistics and less focused on WHO we are communicating with.
Prayer isn’t designed to be like that conversation you have with your bank teller; it is fashioned to be like that conversation you have with someone you like.
Prayer is an intimate, raw moment with Jesus. Prayer is an earnest pursuit to just be with God. Prayer is a sacred place where you can come in all your vulnerability and still be safe.
Prayer is: access to love, acceptance, belonging, increased faith, and closeness to God.
The more we see prayer as an access to be with God, and less about seeing results – I think that is when we begin to experience the true power prayer holds. It no longer becomes about what we get out of it, but about getting to know Him. How I respond when I like someone…
Could it be that the main purpose of prayer isn’t to change things? Could it be that the main purpose of prayer is to change US instead? Prayer may or may not change things externally, but it sure does change what God cares about most – our hearts.
I think David is referred to in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart because he communicated for relationship, not results:
(This is a prayer David lifted up to God when he was in the wilderness of Judah)
O God, You are my God; I shall seek you earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your loveingkindess is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.