I Need to Pray

I woke early this morning recognizing I need to pray.

I need to pray because of what prayer is–it is coming into the presence of the God who created me, cares for me, and desires my presence with Him.

I need to pray because I need help with everything in life. Everything in life–family, work, even routine decisions–is better when I have sought the counsel of God.

I don’t need the routine of prayer as if the practice itself is good for me. Some psychologists–I respect and encourage Godly counsel, by the way–encourage the practice of prayer. They recognize that sitting, being quiet, meditating is good for individuals.

While I can see that value, prayer is so much more. To sit and meditate leaves me only with what I know or can imagine. That is exactly my problem. If I meditate on what I know, I have my reward. I wanted to do things my way and that’s what I have.

Prayer is so much more. It is entering the presence of God and getting to know Him.

Sometimes people ask, “If you could spend time with one person in all the world, who would that be?” They continue, “If you could get the advice of the foremost expert in the world, what would you ask?”

The wonderful news is that through the sacrifice of cross we have access to the Father. He encourages us to ask, seek, and knock. He tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace.

When we come to Him, we come as beloved children with a kind, caring Father.

I need to pray because I need Him, not just what He can give, but God Himself.

If you would like to read more about prayer, Baptist Press has published two of my blogs about prayer. They can be accessed here under the title of “First Person: Let Us Pray.

When I say I need prayer, I think of these words:

“Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and hear from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,  and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

 

One Comment


  1. Barbie
    Feb 01, 2018

    Prayer and worship is what keeps me going. I am enjoying teaching my little girls the value of prayer and worship. Psalty songs r still good!

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