Women Who Pray: The Posture of Prayer
I heard a rustling the other morning, and walked down the hall to meet my toddler as she crawled out of bed. I squatted low to say good morning, expecting a big hug, or a sleepy hello. But to my surprise, her little bed head just walked right past me! No “good morning,” no “hi, Mama,” not a smile… just off she went to start the day. I stood puzzled in the silence, and watched as her tiny feet traveled down the hallway. I followed her for a moment; she headed straight for her play kitchen. She had other things on her mind, too preoccupied to say hello.
The moment struck me, as an all too familiar scene in talking with Jesus. That sometimes our Heavenly Father doesn’t get our first thoughts either. Sometimes prayer doesn’t come until we’ve already started the day.
Why is that?
As a parent, you want your children to talk with you, to communicate openly, and share their heart. The same is true of Yahweh, because we’re His kids.
“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:27-28)
He’s our Abba. A good Father, who cares when we talk with Him. What a wild and powerful thing to know that The Creator of the universe longs to talk with us. That He listens when we pray!
“I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.” (Psalms 116:1-2)
And as long as I have breath, the Psalmist says, I’ll call on Him… Because The Lord bends His ear to me. He cares what you and I have to say.
Prayer is worship.
Psalm 116 is a prayer of praise for being saved from certain death. It’s a hearts cry through a thankful response, for all that God has done. Verse 10 says, “I believed, therefore have I spoken…”
We pray because we believe God. Not just because we believe in Him.
“What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” (Psalms 116:12-13)
We’re given a privilege, to believe, and talk with our Father at any time, in any circumstance. Still, do we pray in every circumstance?
Satan will say “You’re too busy to pray.” And, “God’s not listening to you. He doesn’t care what you have to say.” Or, “You’re doing it wrong. You don’t have the right words. You’re not qualified to talk to God.”
Satan uses distractions to keep us distant from the Father. Little things that vie for our attention and sometimes win: like the computer, my phone, my sweet two-year old, something shiny, you name it… until I’ve finally found a silent moment at 3:00pm and go “oh yeah, hi Lord! I know you’re with me. I love you! We’ll spend some time together some day.”
Friends, these are lies.
Prayer doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be in the perfect setting, or in the perfect timing, or when we’ve got it all together.
Because prayer is about our imperfect hearts, communing with the very One who was made perfect in His suffering, for us. (Hebrews 2:10)
Just pray. Pray when you wake up, and when you lie down; when you’re doing the dishes, and in the middle of a fight. Pray when you need to say “I’m Sorry,” “Thank You,” and “Father, I need your help.”
Pray like Jesus taught us to, and pray without ceasing.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Talking with the Father is simple. And it’s supposed to be that way! So that we can boldly go before the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16)
Satan will say, “It takes more. It’s complicated. That’s not enough.” Jesus says, when you pray, keep it simple. Let me show you how. (see Matthew 6:5-13)
Through prayer, The Lord wants our hearts. Our whole hearts. He wants the best parts of us, our first fruits: the first of our time, our thoughts, our praise.
“Good morning, Father” is an easy thing to say as our feet hit the floor each morning, though coffee, or work, our children, or how well we slept, can all rob our first thoughts.
Give your thoughts to Jesus anyway. Ask Him to tune your heart to sing his grace. Spend time in God’s Word. Keep seeking His heart. For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45) So let yours pour out praise as you marvel in the fact that the veil was torn for YOU.
All that ever separated you from God, was destroyed at Calvary, and covered by the blood of The Lamb. The earth shook and rocks split, as the temple veil was torn in two, as Jesus said “It is finished.” (Matthew 27:51; John 19:30)
No more separation. No more distance. No more sacrifices or failed attempts at making ourselves right with God. That work is finished so that we can be free. Free to pray directly to The Father. Free to humbly and boldly go before God, free from fear and shame as we approach The One who made us. Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord.
Never forget that The Great “I Am” is with you, and for you. He is good. Always. And His goodness leads us to repentance. (Romans 2:4)
This creates a posture of prayer that is simply, humility – and our humble hearts are all that The Lord requires. “… and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)
“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that as we grow in the knowledge of who you are, we would be strengthened to become women who pray. Women who pray continuously, and with fervor. That we would pray with big faith… faith that moves mountains, and proves that you make the impossible, possible. Father, I pray that we would be women of conviction, by the power of your Holy Ghost. Sensitive to The Spirit’s prompting, and ready and willing to come give you the first fruits of our whole hearts, every single day. Grow us, Lord, to be more like you.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.”