True prayer requires honesty. God already knows our hearts, so the honesty I’m referring to is honesty about ourselves. Many of us go into prayer with a cold heart; it’s a task to do, a box to check, or something we’ve always done. But it’s only words, and those words never get past the ceiling. I can summarize the excuses that are thrown out when it comes to not praying or awkwardness in prayer. Self-centeredness. Maybe we’re angry at God for not doing what we demanded; maybe we think we sound stupid, maybe we don’t know what to say…all of those (and many others) all focus around one thing – self. A lack of prayer life is a symptom of a self-absorbed person. Harsh? Yes. Truth? Yes, again. A person may package it up in some other wrapping, but when we peel the layers off…it comes down to self.
It doesn’t need to. Jesus rent the curtain, and we have access to the Throne (Hebrews 4:16). Jesus is our Mediator & Intercessor (1 Timothy 2:5; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25 [this is why we pray “in Jesus name”]). God wants to hear from us. It’s not complicated…Anne Lamott eloquently explained the basic three prayers types: “Help me! Help me! Help me!”, “Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!”, and “Wow!”. If it’s coming from your heart…that will suffice. Peter when walking on the water was no less eloquent “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30), and the father from today’s devotional passage was not to be outdone as he prayed: “I believe, help my unbelief.”
Nothing fancy, only honest words, no self to be found. Often we get hung up in knowing about God, and we don’t follow through in getting to know God. Spending time in prayer…silence, praise, thanksgiving, and sometimes asking for things…is how you get to know Him. Set aside time today…make it now…and have a heart to heart with the God who loves you so much.
Today in Prayer
- For the corporate gatherings of our body on Sundays – The Ekklesia and The Morning Worship Experience. That they would be Spirit-led and full of the manifest presence of God, leading to personal and corporate transformation. That we might engage, equip, empower and encourage our flock in fellowship, service and worship thru an atmosphere of energy, excitement and enthusiasm for who God is and what He has done in us and thru us.
- That C2, personally and corporately, would experience ONENESS of The Ekklesia— one God, one body, one mission. That we exemplify not just the meetings of the New Testament church, but that we embody the Spirit of the early church – organic, authentic, holistic, missional, generous, gracious. That the church would be sold out, would continue to believe in, trust, follow and support the mission and vision that has been given to the church and cast by our leadership.
- Pray that our gathering, our serving, our sharing, and our worship tomorrow would all culminate in God being glorified and opportunities to lead people to find AND follow Jesus.
- Pray that C2, personally and corporately, would discover and surrender to the identity of Jesus in John 3:30. Minimizing me…making MUCH of Jesus.
- Pray for the visible, tangible expression of our mission here at C2.
- For the giving of our tithes and offerings, for the financial responsibilities to take care of our properties, our maintenance and utilities, our ministries and our staff. For people to give out of obedience and not obligation, out of compassion and not compulsion, out of generosity and not grudgingly.
- That we are not constrained by perceived limitations – the past, finances, fears, numbers or anything else. With God all things are possible.
- Pray that we don’t define or limit God and who He is.
- That our mission will be realized when our body, personally and corporately, surrenders to Jesus through submission, obedience, and commitment through His Word and His Spirit.