4th December 2012

Talking To God

“…one of his disciples said unto him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…”
Luke 11:1 (KJV)

Jesus gave his disciples the model prayer (verses 2-4 and Matthew 6:4-13), but apart from that there are no direct commands for prayer, just to ask in his name and you will receive (John 16:24).

As children, some of us will have been taught to kneel beside our bed and say our prayers before we go to sleep, and this is good. At the end of the day as you lie in bed, what better place to talk to God as you fall asleep? Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing, and no one can stop us doing this. Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God in prison. We don’t have to speak out loud to talk to God, we can do it silently and anywhere. “Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,” (Jonah 2:1).

Every moment is a potential time of communion with God. By the end of our lives we have probably spent several years standing in queues, and months waiting at traffic lights—what better way to pass the time?

It has been said that prayer is the service of the heart. John Calvin said, “To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”

When you love someone you want to be with them and talk to them, so let’s show our love for God by talking to him any time, any place. There is nothing can stop us. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV).

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for giving us the opportunity to talk to you any time, anywhere, and know we will receive comfort from you.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman 

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