The other day, in between tasks, I unexpectedly bumped into a friend, who was also in between tasks. We did our superficial and obligatory greeting and banter, then went our respective ways. Not the ideal interaction, but one we both accepted based on the rushed timeline and other items preoccupying our mind.
In most relationships, a dangerous tendency to fall into patterns and routines that then lead to staleness or ruts can dangerously sabotage our growth and relational depth.
Your routine prayers can cover a lot of praises and petitions. But that efficiency carries with it a danger; you can sleepwalk through your prayers. Just like our earthly relationships get put on autopilot sometimes, so does our relationship with God.
We start to take the other person for granted and become “me” focused…not process oriented for what is actually happening in the relationship. Prayer then is only to fulfill an obligation or tradition….saying “grace” before meals or bedtime. Then God Himself seems like an extra, obligation, something to break out for special occasions, and not a daily enrichment to our life.
Like we always say – You have a choice! Make use of the massive power source within you – the Holy Spirit. Invite him to empower your prayers with life. Seek fresh ways to pray and commune with God…think specifically of your words…why are you praying…what is your attitude…your expectation. Ultimately, really see God for who He is and you will be excited and intentional, just like if you had the chance to meet your favorite person, celebrity, or athlete.
Today, spend 5 minutes at the end of your prayer just listening. If you drift (like I do at times), give it another try. This is how you develop your spiritual radar for God’s frequency. This will awaken your soul and enliven your relationship with Him.
Dear Father, teach me how to pray to You.
I love living close to You, it satisfies such deep longings in me. I live close to You through prayer. However, I confess Lord that I have fallen into a routine with my prayers…and I struggle between being faithful and constant vs. being creative in my communication with You. Because my mind is both fallen and finite, I feel I have such limited ability to be creative in my prayers. I come to You, Lord, with thanksgiving for Your Holy Spirit. Let Your Spirit teach me how to pray in such a way that I get increasingly closer to You and able to see Your infinite newness everyday. I pray this in the name the one who never sleepwalked through any relationship, Jesus Christ – and all God’s children say, AMEN!
And pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.