Every other Wednesday night at my church, we hold a prayer meeting. Our church is small and the group that meets for prayer is even smaller – usually only four people (which includes the pastor and his wife). We each bring a plethora of prayer concerns to the table each time. Most of the time, we lift people in prayer that the others don’t know, don’t come to our church and may not even know God. It might seem like a fruitless effort on our parts when only four of us show up, but I’ve found that this little group has been not only a mighty influence on my soul, but has also seen prayer answered in vast and glorious ways.
This week’s meeting was a good example. As we began to list the prayer concerns, it was obvious that a theme was emerging.
Earlier this week, a man shot at several congressman in VA. (Thankfully, he did not kill any.) In our own families, we have people who have strayed from God and who are struggling to live their lives. There are people dealing with addiction. There are people suffering from loneliness. And there are people who are harboring bitterness, anger and resentment in their souls.
So what did we pray for?
Yes, we prayed for individual situations and to bring mercy, grace, healing and strength to numerous individuals, but the one thing I noticed that all these people needed was this: a personal relationship with the Father.
You see, it is like the scriptures say:
But God has said:
How many things in our life would be better, improved, if only we’d turn to the Lord? If only we’d seek out His face, His word and His purpose instead of our own? Instead of turning to drugs, food, drink or other useless endeavors, turn to the Lord in prayer. (Please note: I am not saying addictions can simply be rectified by prayer, but it’s a good start.) The Lord tells us that when we come to him our burdens will be light.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30
Do you know how to have a personal relationship with God? It starts with a simple prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, help me repent of my old, sinful ways. Help me to come to You each day in prayer and with a humble attitude. Show me Your ways. Guide me with Your Spirit. Teach me how to have a personal relationship with You. Amen.
The next step? Daily focus on the Lord and His word. Study the Bible. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Continue to pray.
When you meet a new friend and you have a lot in common, don’t you spend time with them? Don’t you endeavor to make plans with them? Call them? Ask about their lives? And don’t you enjoy the time you spend with them? Isn’t it nice to have those personal relationships?
Having a relationship with God is no different. There is no secret to it. It’s simply spending time with Him. You say He can’t speak? Yes, He has. The Bible is His word for you. That is His voice talking to you. Read it. Meditate on it. Consider how what those words say can impact your life.
I’ve prayed for individuals off and on in these prayer meetings for several years now. I’ve seen change occur even when the individual doesn’t know we’ve prayed for them. God hears and sees. He sees you. He knows your plight. He wants to help. Let Him. Seek out that personal relationship today and see just how your life will change. If you need specific prayer, please feel free to ask for it in the comments below or send me a private message. We will add you to our prayer list.
God bless and Happy Friday.