Lots of people think their prayers are not as powerful because of their non ability to be super cool with their words- like I am doing now. Lol, yeah… so people are concerned because they hear others pray and it’s this eloquent string of fancy words, but they can’t do that! When they pray it’s just basic… pretty simple… So they just avoid praying with others or in front of people.
In an effort to teach you to fish… (pray) I want to point out that your lofty or fancy words are not needed to communicate with God. Even someone who prays like a child has the same access to God as the Apostle Paul or Christ Himself!!
Exhibit A: Matthew 6: 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Exhibit B: Jonathan Edwards was a widely famous preacher who prompted some incredible responses to his messages. However, he didn’t speak fancifully or anything, he just read his entire sermon.
What do both of these exhibits have in common? It’s not the words we speak its the person we know! Abundance of words or a fancy communication style doesn’t change the power of our prayers or even our sermons… it’s the relationship with the one it’s about that makes it powerful. Our prayers find their power in our relationship with Christ, not our fanciful words.
CAVEAT: We all have the same access… but our access can be hindered (based on that relationship). When our relationship is on the rocks – because of our disobedience- we cannot expect to just pray and act like things are fine and dandy. There are a few things that hinder our prayers, according to Scripture. One of those main things is our sin. When we pray we must realize that God is more concerned about our relationship with with Him (go figure) than answering all of our petitions. So we cannot just think “well we all have access” and continue walking in sin assuming we have complete access to the Lord. We must constantly be walking in truth, admitting our mistakes, and asking for forgiveness and help to maintain a proper communication path with the Lord. Do we all have the same access? Yes. Do we all also have the same reasons for that access being clogged or blocked? Yes. Your relationship with sin is important to God, and you’ll need to be honest. That doesn’t mean He ignores you if you have unknown sin in your life, it means if He has made something clear to you then you are to agree and make changes to restore access.
Among these sin issues are: our relationship with our spouse, holding grudges, loving evil, etc. Here is a list of verses about hinderances to prayer… CLICK HERE
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God that your prayers are heard no matter how few words you know. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking Him to help you be bold in your prayers, trusting that they are just as powerful as anyone else’s. ALSO ask Him to show you if there are things that are hindering your prayers.
This week, all week, our relate is going to be PRAY WITH SOMEONE! lol
Do you pray with someone every week? Do you pray FOR someone every week? Both of those are super good to do… 😀