Prayer is a holy business. So often, we approach it like God is a holy vending machine. We think if we drop in our quarter and specify which item we want, it will appear. God doesn’t work like that. Prayer is about growing a relationship with God. It comes through intimacy; closeness with God.
I hear from women who say that God doesn’t answer their prayers. My question is, are you praying like your life depends on it? Here are some questions to ask yourself when you prepare to talk to God.
- Do I feel the nearness of God when I read His word and when I speak to Him in prayer?
- Do I experience a growing hunger for God?
- Do I thirst for Him above all?
Prayer and reading God’s word go together. God wrote a love letter to us when He inspired the Bible. Within those pages He reveals His plans, character, expectations, commands, disappointments, and needs from us and for us. You can’t receive a text message if your phone is turned off, and you can’t hear from God is you are not in tune to His word.
A.W. Tozer said, “For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God himself; and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience, they are not better for having heard the truth.” What does that mean? We need to seek God himself, and have a personal relationship with Him in order for our soul to be nourished. Not reading God’s word and praying leaves us hungry and thirsty. Only God himself can satisfy our hunger, and only through Jesus can our thirst be quenched by His Living Water.
Are you desiring to see God’s glory? First you have to seek Him. That comes through the 3 P’s of Prayer.
- Passion: Am I passionate about hearing from God? Do you hunger for Him? Do you seek Him in all things?
- Pleading: Do you feel so strongly about your relationship with God and your need for Him that you will plead with Him when life is falling apart? What about when things are going well? Do you praise Him repeatedly? Pleading is all about making an emotional appeal to God.
- Persistence: Are you praying continually? Do you talk to God continually? From the moment you wake until the moment you fall asleep, are you living for God? When you’re in the elevator at work overwhelmed by a situation, do you seek Him? When you’re in traffic, are you in tune with God?
Remember that we must pray like our life depends on it, because it does. Seek God first, ask for His blessings, His mercy, His grace, and deliverance. Talk to God like you would talk to your best friend standing beside you. The reality is, the Holy Spirit is…right beside you, every moment of every day.