Tim Keller writes:
“We would never produce the full range of biblical prayer if we were initiating prayer according to our own inner needs and psychology. It can only be produced if we are responding in prayer to who God is, as revealed in Scripture. Some prayers in the Bible are like an intimate conversation with a friend, others like an appeal to a great monarch and others approximate a wrestling match. We must not decide how to pray based on what types of prayer are most effective for producing the experiences and feelings we want. We pray in response to God Himself.”
Prayer is essential. Growing up in church I would always hear that how you grow your relationship with God is to pray and read the Bible and that is absolutely true. But I always viewed them as two separate things. Now that I’m older and have matured, I realize they can and should be used in conjunction with each other. Both connect us to God in a powerful way, so it only makes sense that we use them together. I want to encourage you in this, so will you join me in growing in this area of our Christian walks?
Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteousness man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
We seek You. I ask that You will reveal Yourself to us as we seek You with all our hearts. Lord, forgive our sins and may we turn away from our wicked thoughts. You are faithful and compassionate and we know You hear and will forgive. May we live the rest of our days for Your glory. In the precious name of Jesus we humbly ask these things, Amen.