Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
Written by: Shannon Swenson
God tells us all throughout the Bible that we have permission and an open invitation to bring our cares, concerns, feelings, and thoughts directly to Him. He wants us to pray to Him, which is really the same thing as talking to Him.
We have His permission, and we can give ourselves permission, to be real with ourselves about the misinterpretation or justifications for not following through with it.
There are multiple scriptures inviting us to—actually commanding us to—come before Him and talk with Him. Prayer does not have to be big, fancy, or perfect. In fact, when words won’t come, He hears us anyway and intercedes on our behalf through His Spirit. There is power in saying, “Jesus, I need you.”
How do we learn to discern the word of God, or how He wants us to do what He is calling each of us to do? We cannot tap into it if we don’t talk to Him about it. It generally will become pretty clear what He wants to teach each of us if we take the time to ask Him and then wait to hear His response through the Holy Spirit. Permission granted to not treat Him like a genie in a bottle.
Most times, it becomes pretty clear when we ask God to give us His discernment and to show us what He wants us to see. Permission granted to go deeper and grow deeper.
The Bible teaches that He will answer our prayers according to His will. We tend to pray for things that we want, but that’s not how He taught us to do it. He taught us to pray for His will to be done. This means, although He listens to our words that unless it is in His will, it may not happen. It also may not happen in our timing, but it will happen in His. That’s so beautiful, and also frustrating. Permission granted to grow up in God and stop with trying to sneak in a demand or command cleverly disguised as a prayer request.
How incredibly awesome and freeing is it that our Creator really wants to talk with us? Yes, He wants to hear about our day and innermost thoughts, but He also wants us to know that through His power and through our prayers, He can do far more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Thought of the day: Do you have a prayer request? If so, please write it down on the communication card found on the program at this weekend’s service or submit it online. There is power in prayer and where two or more are gathered there He is. We would love to pray with you and for you!
Prayer: Thank You for knowing my heart, my needs, and how to protect me from the things that are not in Your will. Lord, help me to be brave and intentional in spending time just talking with you. Give me the patience to hear what You have to say. In Jesus’ name, amen.