prayer

ICG finals, my sister’s RC4 versus RVRC.

17-18 to RVRC.

i can see the beads of sweat on my sister’s face, the air thick with excitement. i don’t think she can hear the crowd cheering for her. i can’t.

‘Lord, I pray that you give my sister peace.

17-19

‘Lord, I pray that you grant my sister this small victory.’

17-20

‘Lord, help my sister to play well.’

17-21

‘Lord, I pray that for the next set the guy from RVRC trips.’

I marvel at the power of prayer. The command to let our requests be made known to God is a strange one, given that He knows all things. Clearly He who searches and discerns our thoughts (Psalms 139) has no need for us to tell Him our requests. Does He delight in our pitiful grovelling then? Clearly not; we are told to rejoice in God in the verses preceeding this command to make our requests known to God (Philippians 4). So why pray?

I think the main problem when talking about prayer is that our focus is on what we think God lacks. Yet, ‘who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ (Romans 11:35). So again, why pray?

Pray, because we are utterly helpless without God.

We are helpless in our own desires, in our own words, in our own selfish intentions. We may be able to learn phrases that sound right, but our hearts are evil and far from Him. We are helpless in commanding the resources we need to do God’s work; who can work for Him apart from Him? Indeed, we are helpless without God, spiritually and physically.

Look at the way Paul prays when writing to the Ephesian Church,

Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Our dependence on God is not the only reason why we pray, but it is certainly the foundation of all that we pray.

It is He that changes the hearts of men. It is He that gives us what we need to do His will. When we lie down and wake again, it is because He sustained us (Psalms 3).

I look at my own prayer and I see words that flow from a selfish heart. A heart that is not interested in God’s will, not interested in trusting Him; a heart obsessed with its own selfish intentions. God, thank you for exposing my own selfishness, and for the grace thats comes through Jesus Christ that has covered and forgiven it all. Change my heart, and help me pray in a way that pleases You.

To my sister, I pray that you may be a woman after God’s own heart. In victory, defeat, joy, sorrow, may you be a woman so deeply rooted in the Word and so captivated by His beauty.

Lord, help me to pray! Only You can give me the right words to say.

 

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