How many conversations do you have throughout the day? Who are you conversing with? Is it your spouse, your children, co-workers? Or maybe you enjoy talking on the phone with friends. Does your day include talking with God?
Prayer is talking with God, having a conversation with him, bringing to him your cares and concerns, your needs and desires, asking Him his guidance for your life, lifting the needs of others up to Him.
What causes you to pray? Is it part of nurturing your deep and intimate relationship with God, the love language you share with him? Or, do you pray when things are not going so well?
I began a life of prayer with God when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I grew up in a religion knowing God and Jesus but not knowing that I had a choice to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have prayed every day since I was 7 or 8, except for one night. It was 12 years ago and just before I gave my life to Jesus. I was laying in bed saying my nightly prayers and I asked God, “Do I really need to pray to you every night?” “What would happen if I stopped?” Immediately, I saw a picture of an open shutter of a camera and it snapped closed and I saw total darkness. Needless to say, I have continued in prayer! As I reflect back I wonder why God used the shutter of a camera to make his point? I am not much of a picture taker, oh, I like to take pictures, but I don’t have the gift of taking amazingly good pictures like some of you! The thought occurs to me that perhaps that is precisely why God used this picture, because it wasn’t something like “an old familiar coat”. He used something slightly obscure so that it would stand out.
The inspiration for today’s blog came after studying Jonah 2, particularly Jonah 2:1-3.
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, 2 and he said,
Jonah was a prophet, someone whose life, I would think, was steeped in constant prayer. God had asked him to do something and, being the human that he was and exercising his free will, he chose disobedience over God’s will and ended up in the belly of a very large fish. After three, mostly likely, terrifying days, Jonah admits his disobedience, finally calls out to God in prayer, and God causes the fish to deposit Jonah back onto dry land.
Beloved, please don’t wait until you are “in the belly of a fish” to spend time talking with God. Start or continue today to nourish your relationship with God through prayer. Ask Him what he wants to talk about, I am confident he will share his heart with you.