21 Days of Prayer and Fasting 3
This is how we enter into prayer. And the way to start? Sit down with God. Talk and listen. Or rather, listen and then talk. Do it when you are having the best day ever. Do it when you are having the worst day ever. Do it when you are feeling up. Do it when you are feeling down. Start. And then the next day, start again. And then the next day, start again. (And if you forget a day, you guessed it, start again!) Eventually, prayer, that conversing that seems elusive, because, you know, it’s between you and God, will become a rhythm. It will become a habit, a part of you; something you recognize is gone when you don’t do it.
This is where I am right now. I’m starting. I do a lot of listening, and when I do talk, when I pray on the behalf of others, I present to God what is going on, I ask for God to do something, and thank Him that He is working in the hiddenness of our life. Because He is! God is always at work. God is always moving!
Remember, we are not doing the work; and when we don’t have the words to speak, or don’t know what to say, or how to pray. Just say so!
Paul writes in his letter to the Romans that “The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words; and God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-28 nrsv)
God knows our heart and mind. He knows what we want to say. His Holy Spirit, within us, speaks for us to God. You don’t know how to pray, or what to say...Welcome to the club!
This one thing I know, and I pass on to you today. We start