Walking with God in Prayer
Sometimes, we forget to do “it.” Other times, we take “it” for granted. Often times, I wonder how little power we attribute to “it.” But truly how often do we take a step back, stand in awe of the fact that our Lord and Savior has given us the amazing gift of prayer?
Prayer connects us to God
Prayer gives us a way to connect with THE GOD of the Universe!
How amazing is that!
Let’s stop and contemplate that for a moment……
Before the world began, God knew we would sin and that this sin would keep us from having a relationship with him. So, he formed a plan to save us and reconcile us back to himself.
“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
– 1 Peter 1:20-21
He not only wanted us to be with Him in heaven one day, but He wanted to cultivate a relationship on Earth. This is why he blessed all who believe and are baptized with the Holy Spirit. Not only do we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, but we also have the gift of prayer.
Walking with God
Throughout the Bible, we read that so and so “walked with God.” Enoch walked with God 300 years, Noah walked with God, etc. In the past when I would read about them walking with God, I felt a longing in my heart to do the same. But for some weird reason, I didn’t believe it was possible. And then, I read this verse and realized God wants to walk with ALL of us!
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 (emphasis added)
Yes! Walking with God is possible for all of us, but how?
Walking with God in the Power of Prayer
Jesus emphatically tells us in John 14 & 15 that Jesus and the Father are one. That if we know Jesus, we know the Father. Then in a bolder statement, Jesus says:
“Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Honestly, this boggles my mind a bit…what about you?
Have you ever thought about doing greater things than Jesus? Um…Never! But here is the thing:
It was by God’s power that Jesus did everything He did. He walked with God through a prayerful life. Jesus wants us to walk in a prayerful life with Him because in doing so, we will walk in a prayerful life with God. Then, God will work through us in the same way He worked through Jesus!
We are, after all, supposed to follow Christ’s example. Are we truly taking hold of the power of prayer or are we settling for something less than what we could have? These are questions I’ve been asking myself. Would you join me in this challenge of walking with God through prayer in a more powerful way?
How does this change your outlook on prayer?
Does it scare you at all?
Because, it does me just a little, but in a good-God’s-pushing my comfort zone kind of way.