hear my cry

Posted: June 26, 2010 in Prayer

The essence of prayer is talking to God as you would to a beloved parent. It is intimate and loving communication. Prayer is not only an intimate privilege; it is also a passion. The passions of the heart will come out in prayers. If we examine what we pray for and find we are praying only for our own needs, problems, questions, and struggles, that is an indication of where our heart is. If we pray infrequently, briefly, and in a shallow manner, we need to do a spiritual inventory to see if the problem is a cold heart. A call to the duty of prayer will not overcome spiritual indifference, because prayer is an internal compulsion born out of a love for and dependence on our heavenly Father. Lack of prayer doesn’t mean merely that we are disobedient; it is also an indicator that our love for God has grown cold.

How do we align our praying with the will of God? By getting to know the Scriptures. That is where God’s will is revealed. Let the truth of Scripture shape your thinking and feed your appetites, and then you will know how to pray according to the will of God.

Clearly, the repeated message of Scripture is that prayer moves the riches of God’s supernatural grace from heaven to earth… from His throne to our need. He will respond to our cries and do what is best for us in each experience of life, while still fulfilling His perfect eternal purpose for us.

“ Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16

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The paragraphs above were taken from the following book on prayer: MacArthur, John. Lord, Teach Me to Pray: An Invitation to Intimate Prayer (Nashville, TN: J. Countryman, 2003), introduction.

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