“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Couple of pieces of Scripture today because it’s hard to put a limit on God’s Gold! Prayer has been an area of my life where I’ve noticed I’ve been lacking not as much in doing it, but the intentionality behind it. What I mean is, when I do pray, I’ve noticed how rehearsed my prayers have become, almost to the point like I’m throwing up some wishes here and there just so things go well in my life. At times I’m sure we’ve all fell into this religious, routine type prayer.
Thankfully God has opened me up to a lot of awesome stuff about my time in prayer with Him lately and I pray this can be of some help to you! Prayer isn’t just something we do because if we don’t then we’ll have a bad day or God won’t love us. Prayer is meant to be real, not saying what you think God wants to hear or trying to make yourself sound better to Him. Funny thing is God already knows everything about you, what’s the point of trying to hide stuff? The biggest thing I noticed is was digging into the realness of Who I’m talking to. Think about it a second. How often do you talk to God, run through some stuff check off the boxes of things you need to say then go about your day?
It can be easy to fall into the routine of prayer and forget that WOAH factor, that you’re talking to God? The Creator of everything you see around you, the God who gives you breath to breath everyday, Who is all-powerful, all-knowing and in full control of every situation. Changes a few things doesn’t it? Knowing God, seeking Him constantly not to get blessings or have a “good” day, but seeking to know more of Him, that’s when you see that this God you are praying to is able to do more than you could ever think or imagine!!! He loves you so deeply and is there to guide you, work His strength within you and through you!
Knowing Who you’re talking to changes a whole lot about how you pray and how you live following your time with Him. This morning I went to pray on my way to work, usually in the car is when I talk to God and it’s also the place where a lot of my routine has been built. I came to God and I had went so long not being fully real and honest with Him about my struggles, my weakness and my failure that it was hard to get it out. So often I say a lot of stuff that I feel like God wants to hear but stepping into the realization of Who I’m talking to and the fact that it doesn’t matter how it sounds, what fancy Bible words I use or any of that. It’s just me, putting my heart on the table to God, every piece of it the good and the bad. I’m not saying to overthink prayer but don’t think, just speak. And remind yourself of the awesomeness in the fact you’re talking to such a holy, powerful and loving God.
During this time of prayer I had some worries on my heart, stuff that really wasn’t any big deal but what starts as a small little worry can grow and grow into a huge worry monster inside of you. That’s why it’s so crucial to “worry about nothing, and pray about everything.” Why worry if you have God right there with you, waiting to hear the deepest of your insecurities with open ears and help you, give you a peace that can only come from Him! I ended my time with God and after the oh so many routine prayers I’ve prayed, it just hit me.
I started laughing and almost yelling! My belief felt so strong! I knew that God heard my prayers and being the sovereign, loving and powerful God He is, I had such a great sense of peace and confidence! I had no worries because I simply had God and God had me! It’s hard to explain with words but spend some time today with God, focus on the awesomeness and BIGness of Who you’re talking to, Who God is and what He’s capable of, and also be real about who you are, how weak and messed up you truly are. Lay all that mess to God, and I promise you will understand why I can’t make words or sense of this peace that God gives. It’s so far out of the realm of our understanding but it’s so so awesome because God is sooooooo daggum AWESOME!!!! Real praying with a real view of God and yourself. So simple it’s easy to overlook! Focus on your Who? Praying today!!!!! He will lift you up!!!!