DEVOTION: Hey everyone. So yesterday’s devotion made me think more and more about prayer and if I’m doing it right or wrong. If there is a right or wrong way to pray. Does it matter?
So…i got a book by C.S. Lewis called “How to Pray” and started to read it.
It’s interesting and brings up some good points. I’m going to start to dig into this and share some thoughts and quotes with you. I’m hoping it will help us all become better pray-ers. Is that a word?
Here’s the first quote that got me highlighting it in the book:
“For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. An infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course, He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them.” (pg 3)
So. First idea I had and the one that got me praying this morning was….we are foolish and finite creatures….and yet, God listens. He hears our prayers. Our silly requests and the ones that aren’t so silly. The long prayers and the short ones. All of them. He hears them all.
So maybe the prayer today is….”Thank you God for even listening to the prayer requests of this foolish and finite creature.”
A few verses on God hearing our prayers:
1 Peter 3:12 – “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 John 5:15 – “And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
Jeremiah 29:12-13; “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
More to come as we roll ahead.
PRAYER: Today, begin to think about your prayers. About what you pray about and about how you pray. Do you actually believe that God hears them all? Why doesn’t He answer them all?