Over the years as I’ve grown in my faith, what I have thought about prayer has shifted dramatically. I’m sure that my experience with prayer as a child wasn’t very different from most. I learned to pray by reciting specific phrases such as “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord, my soul, to keep” or “God our Father, God our Father once again, once again, thank you for this blessing thank you for this blessing, amen, amen.” As I grew older prayer was modeled to me as sort of a last resort. I heard often as a child “well it seems all there is to do now is pray.” That is such a far cry from what I know prayer to actually be today in my life.
1 John 5:14-15 says: “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” I want to leave you with a thought as we round the corner on the last stretch of our 21 days of prayer and fasting together.
Prayer is more about alignment than fulfillment.
C.S. Lewis said it best. “Prayer doesn’t change God, it changes me.” If prayer is always our last resort, then we are never really able to come into alignment with the will of God over our circumstances. However, when prayer becomes my first response, I allow Him to have a say in the direction of my life. My hope is that through fasting and prayer this year we have all disciplined ourselves to make prayer our first response to every day. Don’t let your prayer be in an effort to bend the arm of God so much as you intentionally begin to pray the will of God in every circumstance. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”