Two changes that will alter your prayer life forever. 

There is hope in prayer. 

Two-Way Communication

God dwells in eternal habitations, and his character is beyond our ability to fathom. We can only receive what we are capable of understanding and what he shares with us. As God has revealed himself to people throughout history, he has identified himself as many things. Starting at the top, he has identified himself as our King, Ruler, the perfect Priest, Redeemer, Savior, Counselor, Healer, Father, Mother, Brother, Betrothed, and Friend. God holds infinite potential to embody all of the aspects of these relationships, and not one of these relationships is one-sided. In fact, almost without exception, every recorded human interaction with God involved people responding to something God said. It stands to reason then, if the bulk of our prayers involve speaking and making requests of God, we may want to reevaluate our understanding of what prayer is, and challenge ourselves, not just to speak, but to listen. 

Challenge: Take time today to listen in prayer. Take a walk, open your ears, eyes, heart, and knowledge, and wait. 

Who Knows Best?

Our desires are strong. They are pull us the hardest when we are righteously driven. Injustice infuriates us, and it's easy to blame God. On the outset, it's difficult for us to understand or believe that God could allow just injustice to happen, and from our perspective, there are many things that just don't make sense.

But God is before and after us. Our lives are like a little illustration of the magnificence to come. The whole creation groans, waiting for God's plan to come to fruition, and from his eternal habitations he has a perspective on our finite lives that we can only catch a glimpse of. Sometimes our best result in prayer comes from, "Lord, what do you want me know about this situation," rather than, "Lord, won't you do what I ask, puhleeeasse!!"

Challenge: In a difficult situation, ask God's perspective and wait for an answer. "What do you want me to know," "How can I respond to what is happening?" 

 

Prayer is not a position, a place, or a format. It's a dynamic, interpersonal interaction with a Living, Eternal God. Dive in; go somewhere special or stay right where you are. God is present and accessible.