PRAYER | Pastor Adam
Learning to pray is like going to the gym for the first time. You start overthinking things. You compare your “basic” prayers to other people who can pray for hours on end. You wonder if it’s doing anything because you may not see immediate results. The list goes on. Sound familiar? I want to draw your attention to a prayer from Nehemiah. Jerusalem, where Nehemiah’s ancestors are from, has been destroyed. He approaches his boss King Artaxerxes with a request to go back home and rebuild the city. It reads like this:
“The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.” (Nehemiah 2:4-5)
Did you notice the prayer? It was not eloquent, profound, or attention-getting. It was a simple conversation between Nehemiah and God. It was between the question and his response that he sought the Lord. I love this! It encourages me to develop a prayer life that is dependent on God in everything. Not just the big things but in every detail of my life.
Just think how differently you might live if you had short prayers to God before responding to your spouse, your kids, your boss. Too often we make prayer this mysterious unattainable exercise that only the “uber” Christians understand, when in reality, it’s a simple conversation with your Creator. God is listening. It says in 1 John 5:14 this:
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”