Posted by: erinelizabeth1983 | February 8, 2010

Prayer

This short little article is something that I wrote intending to use it as a short explanation on prayer for a small group session during one of my home church’s women’s retreats. I don’t think I ended up using it and I had completely forgotten I had this.

When you pray, you are talking directly to God. And He hears you! He hears every word that you say. He even hears the things that you don’t say. He hears those unspoken hurts. He feels your heartache. He sees your tears. And He does more than this. Your heartache is His heartache. Your tears are His tears (John 11:35, Luke 19:41). Your hurts are His hurts. He takes all of your pain, your hurt, your heartache, your brokenness, your tears, your anguish upon Himself and He carries you through it all. He NEVER leaves you alone to bear your pain. Never (Matthew 28:20). He has given us His Spirit Who prays with us and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27). Prayer is your opportunity to pour all of your hurt, heartache, pain and sorrow out to your Heavenly Father who loves you so deeply that He gave His life for you (1 Peter 5:7, Isaiah 53:5). There is nothing more loving, no gift greater than to give your life for another (John 15:13). And that is exactly what God has done for you. He loves you so very deeply, loves every part of you (1 John 4:16). He made you. He created you with great care and purpose (Psalm 139). He longs to hear your voice. He longs for you to come to Him in prayer with all of your troubles, all of your cares, all of your worries, all of your happiness, all of your joy. He created you to be in a personal relationship with Him. Prayer is not talking to the ceiling or the sky and hoping that someone hears you. Prayer is an intimate conversation between you and God, made even more powerful when you share it with another person. Prayer changes you. Prayer brings you closer to God. Be assured that God hears your prayers and that He will lovingly answer them (Psalm 31:22, Psalm 6:9, Psalm 66:19). He may not answer them the way that you would like Him too, but please remember, that Father knows best. He knows your needs, and will provide for them (Philippians 4:19). After all, He took care of your greatest need, your need for salvation, before you were even born. Even before the world was created, He knew what your needs would be and He provided for them. Trust that He will continue to do so (Psalm 115:11, Isaiah 26:4).


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