Do you pray reactively or proactively? Hey, the fact that you pray at all is a wonderful thing, so there’s no judgment here! But have you ever looked at your prayer life and wondered if there could be more to it… if it could be richer… more real?
So, back to the question: Do you tend to pray reactively or proactively? Most of us pray reactively. We pray in response to a problem or a need. God understands that – He tells us over and over again to come to Him with our burdens and weariness and anxieties. But His desire is that we pray in the context of ongoing conversation. It’s less about networking and more about connecting. We network when we need the other person; we connect when we love the other person.
Prayer is where your life and your God meet. It’s a conversation filled with problems, purpose and pleasure; asking, listening and responding. Prayer reflects a real life, messy, parent/child relationship.
How do children approach their parents? They come without pretense. Happy and unhappy; sinless and sinful; at their best and at their worst. They come messy; imperfect. This is exactly how we should come to God.
Children say whatever’s on their mind. They ask for anything and everything like you’re all-powerful, ready to hang the moon for them. And they don’t. Stop. Asking. They’re relentless. Persistent. They wear us out with their asking. Children can’t imagine that their parents won’t say yes. Child-like faith drives children to win with persistence. They come with a commanding request. They’re requesting, but it feels like a command. They have a boldness and a confidence that comes from the relationship.
Does this sound like your interactions with God?
Stop over-spiritualizing prayer! Don’t change your language or your tone to pray in a “proper” or formal way. That’s what the Pharisees did, and no one was ever impressed by a Pharisee… including Jesus! Have a real conversation. The real you has to meet the real God. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be yourself. That’s how prayer works. That’s how love works. That’s how life works.
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