Many people feel uncomfortable praying, so they rarely do it, let alone enjoy it. Prayer has the potential to be something you look forward to every day. It’s where intimacy with the Lord can be experienced time and again. Do you struggle sometimes with how you should approach Him? Don’t overthink it. Be real with what you are thinking and feeling. Share what’s on your mind or what you’re anxious about. Sometimes I intentionally let scripture guide me as I open myself up for God to search me and tell me where I am missing out on His truth in my life.
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;
his praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!
Prayer shows the reality of our dependence on God. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through His Word so we can pray with confidence and know that our prayers are effective.
One of the most important parts of prayer is to approach it like you would in any conversation. Don’t spend all your time talking. The most important part of prayer is listening to the Holy Spirit for answers to your questions. Spend some time reading through Psalm 66:17-20 and ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and mind and speak to you about what you need to hear. Then wait in prayer until you hear what He is saying to you through His powerful and inspired scriptures.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through these scriptures?