prayer

Praying...

We draw near to pray… and it is often the same thing that happens… the accuser, with his words of doubt… "What are you doing here?"  Enter into a debate, try and come up with the reasons in yourself of why you should or should not be there and he has achieved his goal.  But answer it quickly with the truth and with thanks and we move on…the blood of Jesus, we give thanks for his sacrifice for us - he is our way; our covering; our provision; our reason!

Unless we silence this voice and quickly move on; we will just remain; fighting on the doorstep, quickly conceding that we have no right to be there. But our way in is Christ, it is not in our rightness but his; not in our holiness but his; and he is steady and unchanging and he has made us right; and he has made us holy in Him.

This is a doorway trick of the enemy to eliminate our prayers and our praying before we even get started; and to keep us from the life giving presence that is our joy; and our help; and our reminder of all that he has done; and of who we are in Him. He would have us focus on ourselves and not pray the divine words. He would stop us before we can even say “Our Father”, “Daddy”, “Abba”.  He would stop us before we pray words of power to our Father, “Your kingdom come, your will be done…!” 

Don’t play his game!  Let us take our focus quickly off of ourselves and onto Jesus; speaking words of truth and power; that amazingly; wonder of wonders; no mind could ever have perceived it; but he has died for me and has perfectly paid my entrance fee, his blood shed for me has opened up the way into the very presence of the living God.

 

 

Teaching our kids to pray

Jesus taught his disciples how to pray.  Yes, he taught them the Lord’s Prayer, which we are so grateful for, but more than anything, he taught them by example, they saw him pray!  They saw him slip away, they were at times invited to come along, they watched, they saw, they heard, they knew the dependence he had on it and the value he placed on it.

 

This week is our week of prayer as a church together and it has been amazing to see the kids participating too, coming along, drawing pictures, writing prayers, and praying alongside us.  Yes, maybe there is some craziness too, and it is not all a sacred, quiet, set-apart moment, there might be toys flying around, and arguing, and fighting and mess, and yet… it is wonderful!

 

The other day, two of my kids came along with me to the prayer room, we prayed together briefly at the beginning and then they went to the table to draw pictures while I was walking around.  After a while, I knelt down before the cross to pray, and within a minute or two, both of them had come and knelt beside me and were praying too.  I was amazed, and it was a beautiful moment and I thought, “Wow, what we are doing as a church with this prayer week is having such an effect on our kids”.  It really is, big time!  As they see us praying, singing, showing our dependence on God, they too are led into this life with God.  They too are coming before him, they too are experiencing God.  And they are realizing that this is their prayer room too.  Of course it is not just about the prayer week, or the prayer room, but about a life of learning to lean on God, and they are learning.

 

So, I just wanted to encourage us all – to bring our kids along and let them see us loving God and coming to him, let them see our example of prayer, however small it may be, I believe it will have a huge impact.