Attitudes necessary for prayer

Praying woman hands

by Richard Mansel, managing editor

Prayer is communication with God and the closer we are to him, the richer our prayer experience becomes. This special intimacy leads to an unprecedented level of support and peace as he becomes more tangible in our hearts.

We have to get past the burden of familiarity due to a lifetime of prayer and absorb what Scripture says about talking to God. In doing so, we renew our understanding of prayer as a wellspring of blessings and wisdom.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV).

In Revelation 4, God is praised continually in heaven. If we were there before the physical throne of God, fear and reverence would send us to our knees in awe, knowing that God is supreme and the only one who can fill our deepest needs (James 4:10).

We reach to him in our hunger and connect to him spiritually. Prayer thrives when we are diminished before God’s immensity. In his presence our pride should crumble (Luke 18:10-14). We must remember that God owns prayer, not us. We cannot manipulate him to get what we want, and he cannot be deceived, tricked or blackmailed.

God is omniscient and knows what we need (1 John 3:20). However, he still expects us to ask, so we can understand our dependence on him.

Prayer is an unprecedented power source that we can plug into. With awe we bow our knee to speak to the Creator because he cannot lie and will never betray us (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 13:5).

We can place our deepest needs and fears in his hands, and he will treat us like no one else can. In prayer, we find the treasures of the universe spilling out before us (Malachi 3:10). Why would we pass that up?

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” (Psalm 136:1).


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