As always, it’s Monday, and our routine starts again! If you’re like me, you had a rough start to your morning; my car broke down, so I had to take an uber to work. Here’s the funny part: I accidentally took the uber to church instead of work! As awesome as it would have been to start any Monday at Church, it wasn’t exactly the start I planned for. I waited another 15 minutes for another uber to come and I was an hour late to work. If you're having a rough start or if your Monday seems normal, I’m here to tell you that the start of your day should not change due to circumstances. We should greet God in the morning and pray to Him.
Last week I gave you the next steps of things you should do as Christians; this week I want to break down the first step I described last week: Prayer. At first, I want to walk you through who God is for you to understand why prayer is so important. Second, I’m going to give you some practical next steps to make prayer a part of your daily lives.
God hears our Cries: God is never failing, and Psalm 136 tells us that HIS love endures forever. He cares for you, and He loves you when it seems like we are all alone in this world.
He is our Redeemer: The gospel is unlike any story from any religion. It doesn’t require works to earn God, but Jesus loves us so much that He died for our sins. If He cared enough to die and suffer an undeserving death, why wouldn’t He care to hear your prayers?
He is Omnipresent: God is our creator, the beginning and the end. Our life is held in His hands. He can hear you, and He loves you, and He is a God worthy to be prayed to. Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
He provides true Satisfaction and joy: Psalm 16:11 says, “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. In regards to satisfaction, Psalm 107:9 the Psalmist writes, “For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”
He is Sovereign: He is supreme and worthy of all praise and glory. He knows our needs and is never failing.
Now that we understand who God is, how can we pray to a God that so perfect?
Talk to Him as a friend: Don’t be intimidated. Proverbs 18 tells us that God is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Talk to Him from your heart. God doesn’t need fancy words. You can be honest with God.
Redefine prayer: In my life, I’ve been guilty of putting prayer in a box- limiting it to praying before I eat or sleep or giving God the same prayers over and over. When we do that, we risk prayer being a meaningless routine as opposed to pouring our hearts out to God. Prayer doesn’t have to be in a particular place with certain people. God wants you to talk to Him all day. Prayer doesn’t have to be long. Remember, even singing God a praise song is prayer. No prayer is too great and no prayer is too small.
Remember what God has done for you: In a journal, make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life. Take a moment to thank God for those things and let’s not make a list of things we want; let’s make it a list of things we praise God for.
Pray the Word: I’ll be honest with you, sometimes it is hard to pray. There is absolutely nothing wrong with praying from examples given to us in Scripture. If it’s words from your heart, God will never reject you. If you’re having trouble, let me give you a perfect example of a prayer you can use.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
There are a lot of portions of scripture that will help you in your prayer journey. I also want to remind you that we, at New Walk Church, are here for you. We want to pray for and with you. If you need a support system that can help you make prayer a part of your routine, please come to our Sunday service at 10:30 am or contact the church via email or social media! I love you guys!
Yours in Christ,