By prayer, I do not only mean a consistent attendance to church prayer meetings, or consistent waking up early in the morning to get on your knees and pray. These are all beautiful things that we have the privilege to do.
However, I just want to up our perspective on prayer a notch. Let me emphasize the importance of a constant direct communication with our God. This is what makes these prayer meetings and quiet times important, by the way. They are moments when we communicate with our Father, when we open up our hearts to Him wholly, and when we are just ourselves, honest towards Him.
I hope that you know how attentive God is to you. When you open your mouth to speak to Him, He inclines His ears towards you. Whatever you are doing, you can talk to Him, and He will be listening, beloved. You know why? It’s because He loves you and has never left you. You know why He won’t leave you? It’s because He has no reason to. Jesus Christ has torn the veil that separates you from God. Beloved, there is no holding you back from communicating with your friend.
God is the friend that you need when you are confused and you do not know what to do. Unlike our human friends, He understands us completely. He knows our contexts and background, He understands all the factors that are at play in our situations. More than that, He has the answer. Much more than that, He is always available, and when you come to Him, you are 101% sure that His arms will lovingly receive you, beloved.
This is not an explanation of what prayer is. This is an encouragement to all of us that at all times, we can talk to our Father. We just have to tell Him something, and He listens. This constant communication with Him is what strengthens our faith, because He is the source of it. Beloved, you can talk with your Father today. He loves you, and He will not fail you.
"My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be. It is the message of grace…A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five…A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or buts…This grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us…Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough…Jesus is enough."
"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe."
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
Mark 11:24 (via barronb13)