Talking with God

Matthew 6:1“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

A powerful pray is always honest and has a heart that is in a position of humility.  It seeks God and not to impress God.  It’s bold but not arrogant. It’s familiar and not distant.  It approaches not in fear but not in disregard either, in pure reverence and love.  It looks for a yes but still welcomes no.  Prayer walks in peace because the God we pray to is always perfect in His decisions; if you don’t stand on this then you are just talking to yourself.  Prayer is soaked in faith as it seeks not to remind God of his promises but to remind us that all things are worked out for the good of those who love Him.  So in our prayers do we love ourselves or do we love God? It’s like a daughter telling her father that she is hungry.  The father knows that there is food and he knows if she asks in greed it’s not real hunger.  The father knows how much food there is and may say wait, in order to feed her today and tomorrow.  If she ask in greed, he knows she will waste it as she asks for selfish reasons.  The father never withholds food from his daughter.  He feeds her by his own hands.  He gives her what she needs and when she least expects it he gives more.  He gives without her asking but sometimes she forgets those times when greed kicks in. His answers of  “no” hurts and she proceed to try and impress her father trying to get what she desires.  It is always tomorrow when the daughter sees a glimpse of the father’s love, grace, mercy and wisdom.  She learns more about herself and how much faith she can have in her father in handling her requests. In the end, prayer leads to the father’s glory as it increases the daughter’s love of the father. The father gave her law to saw her true intent and then he gives her grace to heal and to draw her closer. 

Even in the midst of doing the godly thing a heart not motivated by a love of God will block the presence of God; thus robbing us of the peace of God that prayer brings.  The Lord’s Prayer is model this way; it’s a prayer that has a love of God and seeks The Lord and puts the soul in God’s hands.  Jesus prayed the same way on the cross.  He sought the Father’s glory and left his life in The heavenly Father‘s sovereign hands.  Jesus turned away from earthly crowns for a bloody one and his prayers reflected that.  Jesus sought the kingdom of God and everything was added to him.  He died in his prayers and was made alive.  So in humility let us follow Christ as we died in our prayers to be made alive in Jesus.  We are foolish to be given an expensive privilege and never use it; a intimate relationship with God.  But we must meet him in prayer and always in scripture.  What we seek is already written by  God in his word.  Jesus is also this very word made flesh.
Praise Jesus for the open door policy.  Praise God that he even pushes us to pray and more often than we know, the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf.  I pray that we don’t quench the Holy Spirit when God response.  The love of a daughter for her father is a beautiful picture of the results of humble prayer.  Daddy’s little girl becomes consumed with daddy’s love, words, and hopes for her.  She wants to live a life that daddy approves of and she lives in a why that reflects that no matter what the world says, daddy believes differently and it carries weight in her heart.  Prayer that worships, which is in spirit and truth turns us all into a little girl sitting on daddy’s lap hanging on his every word with the world as a forgotten dream.
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