Let’s all be honest here, knowing that we are supposed to be doing something doesn’t mean that we actually do it. Even something as simple and important as praying to God. It’s ludicrous when you stop and think about it. As Christians, we believe that there is a supremely powerful Being who wants to have a personal relationship with us, but we can’t be bothered to talk with him because…we had better things to do?
In doing research for this post, I discovered all kinds of reasons why we should be praying. Really, the only reason we should need to compel us to prayer is the fact that God commands us to pray. The sad truth is, that just doesn’t do it for us.
I’m not going to type up a list of other arguments for why it’s important for us to pray. That’s been done. A quick Google search will get you all the lists you could ever want. (Or just follow this link to Cru’s list, which was one of the best ones, in my opinion.)
There’s nothing wrong with any of those lists, but that’s not what this post is about. If I thought I could argue you into praying more, I would give it a shot. Instead, I’m going to dare you into it.
We’ve all heard that prayer gets results. Put that to the test. Pray every day this week. Spend time seeking God in prayer and see what happens. Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” So go ahead. Take God at his word and see what happens.
One note of caution: prayer should never ultimately be about us getting things from God. Yes, prayer puts us in touch with God’s power, but it’s not a way for us to manipulate God into doing whatever we want, even if what we want is good, like healing or blessings or growth. In the end, prayer needs to be about us seeking a deep and meaningful connection with God.
At the end of this week, I’ll post a follow up giving you some more tips on praying. For now, I’ll get you started with one of my favorite starter strategies, Roses, Thorns, and Morning Glories. I actually learned this on a freshman orientation backpacking trip to help us to get to know each other, but it works really well for getting to know God as well.
Roses: Tell God about the best thing that happened to you that day (or yesterday if you’re doing this in the morning). Recognize that every good thing comes from Him and thank Him for your blessings.
Thorns: Tell God about the worst thing that happened to you that day. Ask Him for the strength to deal with the consequences of it and the wisdom to help you avoid it in the future.
Morning Glories: Tell God what you are most looking forward to about tomorrow. Ask for His blessing on it and His help in seeing it through.
Let me know how this works for you. Or, if you have your own favorite prayer strategy, share it with us in the comment section below.