Have You Been Communing with God Through Prayer?
Growing in Your Spiritual Walk by Praying
by J.M. Troppello
I hope you’re not getting tired of all the Oswald Chambers quotes that I’ve been including in my articles lately. However, his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest is really hitting home with me. I just had to share another quote.
“Prayer is not simply getting things from God. Prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to things about which we pray.” – Oswald Chambers
That’s another great quote from him! I admit that in my early years as a Christian, I did see prayer as more of a way to express my needs to God and ask Him to provide for them. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, God is not a genie in a bottle, only here to supply your needs and wants.
Talking with other people – and getting beyond the small talk – cultivates a bond of friendship with them. If you want to grow closer to your spouse, you must become more vulnerable and deepen the communication between you.
The same is true with God. If all you ever do is continually ask Him for stuff, that’s not going to grow your relationship with Him. If you want to grow closer to God, you must spend time talking to Him. Yes, it may be weird at first if you’re not used to it – and because it’s different than talking to someone in-person next to you. But you won’t regret investing in your relationship with God.
I have set times when I pray during the morning and evening. That’s when I share prayer requests with God. At night, I spend time in worship. However, throughout the day, I have a running conversation with God. Through the years, it’s become like second nature to me to ‘share’ my daily experiences with Him.
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [a]Amen. (Matt. 28:20, NKJV)
In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus gave the Great Commission. He wanted the disciples to go out and make disciples of all the nations. He ended that commission by saying that He is with them always. One of the names that Jesus was called is Immanuel which means God with us. God is with you. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. The Holy Spirit is your comforter.
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (I John 5:14-15, NKJV)
One key to remember is that you know God will hear your prayers when you pray according to His will for your life. You can find out God’s will by reading and studying His Word and by spending time in communion with Him.
As I’ve developed my prayer life, I’ve grown closer to God. I’ve experienced such peace that truly is beyond understanding. (See: Phil. 4:7). Have you been developing your prayer life?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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