Understanding Prayer Pt.1
by Zenobia Jackson | May 10, 2017
I want you to understand that prayer is NOT something you have to do. Prayer is something WE get to do. Many of us dread the thought of prayer because of our understanding of it. Case #1 Being taught as children to pray over our food and pray before we go to bed has become more of a routine than a hoping to talk to and hear from a Holy God. Case #2 Not seeing the manifestation of our prayers being answered in the manner in which we wanted and Case #3 Never really understanding the importance and power of prayer and how it relates to our everyday life. In Case#1, understand there is a difference between routine prayer and intentional prayer. When we pray routinely, there is no thought about what we are saying and why we have said it. As a little girl, my mom taught me how to routinely bless my food. I would say, God is grace, God is good, let me thank Him for my food… Amen.” Never was I taught what that prayer of thanksgiving really meant and over the years, it became a robotic type of prayer.
In Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV) it reads, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” In this particular scripture, we see how God was very intentional about our creation and what he called us to do and be. He gave our lives thought. Every last one of us was carefully thought out in detail. That is the kind of prayer the Lord has called you and I to give. When someone asks you to prayer for them, stop what you are doing, be mindful of them and do it right at the moment. Even during mealtime, thank the Lord for the hands that prepared it and thank Him for the provision of your meal. Matthew 14:19 (ESV) says, Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.” Jesus understood that God is deserving of thanks for all our provision, and He is intentional about praying to the Father and giving thanks. Let us not continue in our robotic routine of prayer; rather let us become more intentional.