Praying the Wrong Way?
Billy Grahm, “Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.”
Am I praying the right way? Often enough? "Holy" enough? What if I am doing it all wrong? Sometimes God doesn't seem to answer my prayers. Maybe I am not doing it right. We all have these doubts sometimes about our prayers. Eight billion people on Earth. He must be flooded with prayer. How can He possibly hear my prayers? Oh how the doubt pours in. Let's make one thing very clear...what God really wants is a personal relationship with you, a loving relationship, one that acknowledges that God is Sovereign and we are His people. A relationship where we want a personal relationship with Him as much as He wants one with us. But what does that have to do with prayer? Let's think about prayer as a conversation with a friend. Our friend says some thing, we respond. We say something, our friend responds. Simple, no? But often that is not now we pray. We have a list of wants and needs that we rattle off. But when it is His time to respond, do we listen? Do we sit quietly so that we an know what He wants? Do we ever start our prayers with what He wants or do we always start with ours? Think about your best friend..."How is it going?" we or they ask. We give the other person a chance to speak first. And we listen without responses like, "Oh, you think that is bad , let me tell you what happened to me. Prayer is not just about us, or even other people for whom we are praying for. Prayer is taking with God, not at Him. Think of praying as a conversation with your best friend and you will be well on your way to having a rich, rewarding prayer-life with God.
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all of the Lords's people. Ephesians 6:18