…for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him. (Matt 6:7-8 NASB)
Have you ever been in a situation where people are praying and they just go on and on and on?
Have you ever been victim (or perpetrator) of one of these familiar favorites?
Do you realize that God does not actually require information? We don’t have to bring Him up to date on the latest news.
I get how this happens. You are sitting in a prayer meeting, and you have already begun praying, and something comes to mind and you want to bring it before the throne of Grace, but no one else in the room is up to date. So you take a few minutes of prayer to inform God of the circumstances, and then bring your burden to Him.
Here is a suggestion. Break out of the religious habit that says once we start praying we should keep heads bowed, and all our words directed toward heaven until someone breaks that awkward silence at the end where people used to say “in Jesus name, Amen.” You know the moment.
Well what if – you just picked up your head, opened your eyes and said – Hey everybody, I want to let you know what is going on here, so we can agree in prayer together about it – give the update – and then address Our Father.
And while I am at it – have you ever been in a prayer meeting where in one breath we with eyes closed and heads bowed in reverent whispers are addressing our Lord and Master, and then in the same reverent form we rebuke the devil.
Did you ever consider that they are not on the same line?
Again, I suggest you open your eyes, get out of that reverent position and deal with the devil as if he was your enemy. Let’s not “pray” to him, eyes open, head high, with out any undue respect.
Let’s get back to prayer being a conversation with the Lord.
I love the Lyrics from Misty Edwards’ song “Dove’s Eyes” where she says:
I don’t want to talk about You like You’re not in the room, I want to look right at You, I want to sing right to You.
I get that prayer is a huge privilege and that it cost the broken body and shed blood of Jesus to secure us access to the Holy of Holies. But prayer should be a taste of heaven – full on worship – the joy of His presence and the experience of God invented pleasures, pure and untainted by sin. ‘O what a foretaste of glory divine’
Conclusion: When we pray, let’s act like God is in the room with us. [Tweet This]
Here's the Misty Edwards song I mentioned. It will bless you - it is short and beautiful.