Recently I was given cause to think about prayer, or more honestly my prayerlessness. So I read through a few of the prayers in the Bible. Three things struck me as a result.
First – Those praying were highly sensitised to the fact that God speaks. Of course I know God speaks. I spend my life telling other people that. But the idea that God speaks, and therefore I need to listen when praying, well that gained my attention and held me in thought for a while. It forced me to ask questions about my approach when speaking with God.
Second – Prayer arises out of a deep sense of need. Hannah prayed because she was in desperate need. The prayers of David, Daniel, Nehemiah ….. the Lord Jesus, they’re all fuelled by a real sense of need. A deep awareness of being in a situation that is beyond them. As I mulled that over, I was struck by the absence of that in my life. Yes I’m conscious of my need/s and genuinely pray, but as to an overwhelming sense of utter helplessness…..? That sense of being totally incapable of being a loving husband and a godly, caring, and genuinely interested […]