Having Prayer Palpitations?
How do you pray? Prayer seems like such a simple task, yet for many of us, it becomes such a chore. Why?
For some of us, prayer feels like a long-distance run. It’s a rigorous exercise that can be strenuous and frustrating, as well as mentally and physically demanding. It takes time and effort, and many of us have no idea what we’re doing or why.
Or prayer is a parachute— we’re glad we have it but hope we never have to use it.
Or we pray as a last-ditch effort. It’s our “Hail Mary Shot” or it’s our “If all else fails, pray” mantra.
Yet, when we pray, we receive the gift of God Himself—an actual communion with the divine.
I found it said this way in a sermon by Robert Leroe:
“He wants us to know Him. As we grow in prayer, we discover that prayer is more than simply asking God for things, a selfish means to an end. Prayer is not an attempt to force the hand of God, but an act of submission to Him, with the understanding that God’s answers are wiser than our prayers. Prayer is to impress us with God more than it is to impress God with us or our needs. If we never gain anything from prayer but the opportunity to commune with God that should be sufficient for us.”
Although our prayers are not perfect, know that God is and through prayer we have access to that perfect knowledge, perfect peace, and perfect understanding.
COME NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL COME NEAR TO YOU. WASH YOUR HANDS, YOU SINNERS, AND PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, YOU DOUBLE-MINDED.