A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE
When I was praying yesterday morning, I had a quick vision in my mind. It was quick but very impactful. I saw a person dressed in white. I didn’t know who he was and I couldn’t see his face. He looked like a child. He looked very pure, holy and extremely kind. At least that is what I noticed in this brief interaction. He offered me a small plate. There was no food on the plate but there was a light. Something emanated a bright light. It was like a mini sun on a plate. He said “God wants you to have this.” It came out of nowhere. What was very impressive is that I was praying for a few things and this messenger, for lack of a better word, was telling me that God wanted me to have something I wasn’t even praying about. It was a bonus. It was something extra and I was sure it was something I needed so I accepted it and thanked God for it. I get those visions and messages often when I am praying. That is one of the reasons I love praying so much. The Lord tells us to pray all the time. He knows the indescribable value of prayer. He knows how good it is for us to communicate with Him and how much we can receive during prayer. Prayer is a window of time when God talks to us and lets us in on His secrets. It’s the window to His house. It’s the door to His private domain. It’s an entry way into His reality. Today I want to encourage you to pray without ceasing. Don’t give up on it. Keep praying on good days and bad days. Prayer is not just about being heard but it’s about hearing from God. It may not be in the form of visions but God will talk to you in many ways, in the best ways that speak to your heart.
Prayer used to be a chore for me and now it’s a hobby, it’s a way of life and it’s a necessity. Once I hit an intimate point with God through prayer, I started to see it as an intricate part of my everyday life. I understood how much I needed it. I saw how beautiful it was. I lost the feeling of having to labor through it. I was surprised by how much I heard from the heart of the Lord during prayer. The secret to piercing into the world of prayer for me was yielding to the Spirit of God. His Spirit taught me that it was imperative to enter into prayer with praise and thanksgiving. Praise was the key. It unlocked the doorway to pray. It allowed me to flow with the Spirit of God and it gave me access to a place I had never visited before. That place was all about joy and peace. It was as if I were able to create a corner in my room where the Lord was present, active and glorified. I believe that glorifying the Lord is a habit that brings Him unto the scene. There is a strong need to surrender when we start praying. It’s never about us. It’s always about Him. Your prayer life will change when you enter prayer with a desire to exalt the Lord and not exalt your needs and your requests. God first and the rest will be taken care of!
Another important aspect of a success prayer life is consistency. Prayer is like faith. It shouldn’t rely on what we see and feel. It should happen no matter what. Prayer actually sees life through the spectacles of faith. It stands tall and strong and it believes in God’s ability to do anything. It also believes that God communicates with us during that allocated time. Prayer has faith in what it is meant to do. Like I said before it is meant to help us commune with the Lord and hear from Him. Prayer doesn’t give up so we shouldn’t either. A success prayer is a prayer. Period. It doesn’t have to be eloquent. It has to come from the heart and it has to trust that it is heard. It should also be away from distractions so we can hear from God. God will speak. God will give us what we need to hear when we focus during prayer. God will give us signs that will point to His wonders. Have faith that when you pray you will get the answers you need. Be open to what the Lord can do during prayer. I had not seen that vision coming yesterday morning but it was a gate into a day of great spiritual satisfaction and gratitude to the Lord. Keep on praying, friend. Your low prayer days are still prayer days and they matter. It is better to pray a little than not pray at all. My prayer for you is that you maintain a life of prayer and that you get so intimate with the Lord that prayer is what you long to do all the time. Keep it up!
Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 16:11; Ephesians 1:18; 1 John 5:14