Prayer. It is a spiritual discipline, an attitude. It’s a six letter word that can shatter and shape a hardened heart without speaking a single word.
Prayer. It is the ability to listen and speak to Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords. To call upon our Creator. Wow!
Unfolding Truth 1: Prayer is personal.
Prayer is the direct link to having a personal relationship with God. Oh, how humbling to have the privilege of being able to “call upon the name of the Lord”. God catches every tear from our eyes and hears every word those tears speak.
“I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”
Psalms 116:1-2 (ESV)
Girls, God is interested in us. He bends down as a father does to a little child to hear what we have to tell Him. Our Father longs to hear our voice and patiently waits for us to call upon Him. In Psalm 139, it is evident that King David understood prayer being personal. He recognized all of the many attributes of God because he spent time with Him.
Unfolding Truth 2: Prayer must be a priority.
I am His priority. You are His priority.
God first spoke to man on day six of creation. Within the first chapter of Genesis, God prioritizes a relationship with Adam and Eve. He created them in His own image, He blessed them and then spoke to them.
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it,”
Genesis 1:28a (ESV)
After Adam and Eve sinned, their eyes were opened and their nakedness was revealed. Immediately, they heard God walking in the garden and hid because they were afraid. God pursued them until they were transparent with the Lord when talking with Him about their sin. God continued to converse with Adam and Eve and they continued to respond. This is our first example of prayer within the Bible.
God designed the process of prayer: He speaks; we listen. We speak; He listens. Priscilla Shirer reminds us in Discerning the Voice of God, “God doesn’t speak to be heard, God speaks to be obeyed.” If our heart’s desire is to know God on a personal level, to hear Him speak to us, then we have to prioritize time to listen. A.W. Tozer says it best, “The man who would truly know God must give time to Him.”
Unfolding Truth 3: Prayer is purposeful.
Although there are many reasons why prayer is purposeful, we will focus on the purpose of knowing God and His Word.
Prayer reveals the desires of our hearts. It clarifies the pleasures, the sufferings and the apprehensions that surrounds our circumstances. Jesus understands the desires of our flesh, and He longs to align our hearts with His Spirit through our transparency.
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
When we become transparent with the desires of our flesh, God reveals who He has called us to be within our spirit.
“I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your Word.”
Psalm 119:16 (ESV)
Being purposeful in prayer also allows us to be purposeful with knowing God’s Word. God will answer our prayers through His Word. How exciting to know that we have 66 books of answers! However, in order for us to delight in God’s statutes, we must be compelled to discover His laws.
Becoming a better Jesus Girl begins with prayer. Prayer is personal, a priority, and purposeful in knowing God and His Word.
Time to Unfold
- Read God’s Word: Listen to God speak this week through His Word.
- Pray: Download and complete the free A.C.T.S. Weekly Prayer Guide as you pray.
- Do: Be obedient in how He speaks through His Word and through prayer.
Trying to remain transparent,
Heather McVey, a speaker and accidental writer, has a passion for connecting the dots of God’s Word. Her mission is focused on teaching women how to unfold the scriptures within their own life, encouraging and equipping them to walk worthy of their calling. Learn more about her in Meet Heather.