The Skinny on Prayer Devotional

Read This: “Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Think: Prayer is an essential part of our relationship with God. In short, prayer is simply talking to God. And yet for many, prayer can become an area of struggle. Maybe we can’t seem to focus long enough to really connect with God, maybe we just don’t feel anything when we pray, or maybe we just want to ignore the distance that’s crept up between us and God. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the power of prayer to change your life and those around you.

At the heart of prayer is worship. This is our time to acknowledge who God is and all he has done. We praise him because he is God and he is worthy. We thank him for our blessings and what he’s doing in our lives. This is also a time that we confess our sins and allow the Holy Spirit to move in our hearts and convict us. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings” (Rom. 6:26). God knows our limitations when we’re praying, but he is an ever compassionate God who wants us to deepen our relationship with him.

It is an awesome and unfathomable privilege to be able to call on the Creator of the universe, the Beginning and the End, and know that he comes to meet us. Jeremiah 29:12 says, “You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” God has given us an open invitation to talk to him any time and any place. It shouldn’t only be an isolated, scheduled time during the day, but a constant communication with God. It might be a one liner in the middle of a busy day or pouring out our hearts on our knees in a quite secluded place. God wants to be a part of our lives, to heal and transform us and prayer is part of that process.

Ask: How much is prayer a part of your daily life?

Pray: Read over the Lord ’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Put that in your own words using specific references to your life.