Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Prayer as experiencing God…
What is it that motivates you to pray?
It wasn’t that long ago when my answer would have been out of my own physical and spiritual needs as well as the physical and spiritual needs of my family, friends, and those in the world. Then slowly over the past year as I began to sense God trying to draw me closer into His life that is what motivates me now, experiencing God.
I sense… Therefore I wonder!
I wonder… Therefore I pray!
I pray… Therefore I listen!
I listen… Therefore I experience!
I experience… Therefore I come alive in God!
Chapter 2 “Talking with God” in Renovare’s Connecting with God is (in my opinion) very successful in simplifying prayer. “Simplicity is the characteristic of all real prayer and nothing pleases God better. He does not want so much formality in his service; great harm has been done by the reduction of devotion to a fine art dependent on so many rules. After all, everything depends on the Holy Spirit; it is he alone who teaches the true way of conversing with God and we see how, when he lays hold of a soul, the first thing he does is to withdraw it from all the rules made by men.” (Connecting with God: A Spiritual Formation Guide, p. 13, Harper Collins, Kindle Edition)
Prayer is as unique as we are yet it is not something we do alone, we may start out alone but as we address God we are joined by the Holy Spirit. And the first thing the Holy Spirit does is to withdraw us from all the rules made by men and we are free to communicate with God at a level comfortable and unique to us. I’ve heard different people say, “I don’t pray, I talk to God.” My preferred method is writing to God unless I am called upon to pray in public.
Our greatest need is to experience God on His “Home Turf” not ours therefore let us put aside our needs and enter into an intimate prayer encounter with God. Blessings will come after the Amen.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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**Romans 15:13, HCSB