There are several major things that we could never effectively teach in one class or seminar — one of them is prayer.
In an over-stimulated culture that may be considered “allergic” to solitude, our default answer to a call for prayer is we have no time. Perhaps some can bear to attend a worship concert, while never will they participate in a prayer meeting. I guess that’s too boring.
But why is prayer so close to God’s heart? Why is it important to get on our knees and pray? The “giants of the faith” prayed so passionately and desperately. Jesus Himself modelled it. Think about it. Is prayer simply a habit for the religious, or is it something that goes beyond that?
Most of us would say that prayer is our way of communicating with God. In short, that’s how we talk to God. But have we ever considered listening to God? Some would say that it is our way to ask God for any help (which is true and good!), but have we considered asking God: “Lord, I surrender this matter to You. Let Your will be done!”?
A large number of people do not pray in solitude because we fear the unfamiliar. It feels weird, and we fear that people would find us weird. We also do not pray because we hate the silence. We plug into all our gadgets, run Spotify wherever we go, and play music until our eardrums bleed just to drown out all the background noise. But why should the absence of noise be so threatening? Can’t we just choose to be still for a moment? Think about these things.
As we reflect, I long to see that as we worship and meditate on God’s Word today, may our attitude shift towards prayer. May we learn to pray so earnestly, with a sense of desperation and a genuine hunger for the presence of God in our lives!