What Is Prayer?

prayer is quote martin luther

Prayer is a climbing up of the heart into God

-Martin Luther-

I used to listen to an older man in our church pray and felt very intimidated. He seemed to know just the right words and could express them very eloquently. It seemed to me that He could touch the throne of God with each prayer. My plain prayers felt very inadequate compared to his. All I knew to do was tell God what my problem or praise was in the plainest of words. At this phase of my Christian walk I felt that God would hear me much better if I knew just the right words and could express them more eloquently.

After awhile I found that this man prayed very well, but his life did not match his prayers at all. He was caught doing some things in secret that were totally against the will of God, and eventually he fell  away from God and left our church.

I then started to read about the Pharisees and how they prayed their pious prayers. They felt that since they diligently kept all the Jewish laws that God was pleased with them. They felt superior to the common people of the day because of their strict obedience to the law; yet Jesus rebuked them for their prideful attitudes and the fact that they did things with a wrong heart even though they might have been good things.

Through Bible study, I started to realize that prayer is just talking to God the way you would talk to another person. He is not interested in your fancy words, but in the condition of your heart when you talk to Him. He wants you to be a pure and clean vessel with whom He can talk to and use for His glory.

God already knows your heart before you pray, so fancy words and dialogue are not important at all to Him.

What an awesome God we have that we can talk to Him in such a personal way and even better that He desires a personal relationship with each of us.

In the presence of earthly royalty, there are certain rules of etiquette and speech that one must abide by; if not, you will offend the royalty and probably be thrown out of their presence. It amazes me that we will go to such lengths for an earthly person, but we generally aren’t as concerned about the attitude with which we talk to our Heavenly Father.

If the condition of your heart is right, then your words will flow from it in a way that is pleasing to God.

The next time you start to pray, just have an intimate conversation with the God who created the universe; but be blown away by the fact that He loves you so much that He wants to have a very personal relationship with you.

You really can trust Him with every aspect of your life because He always has your best interest at heart.

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This post written by Cathy Deaton.

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My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 Р1996), but I love connecting with Christians of all ages.  I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.