Have you ever had a friend or a family member tell you “Pray about it” when you had to make a decision? It happens to me all the time. “Pray about it” is always good advice but one question we should ask is “What does praying about it look like?” At times it almost sounds like “Sleep on it.” It’s like when we tell someone that we will pray for them but we really don’t. We feel bad for them and we think about them but the act of prayer doesn’t always follow. “Pray about it” means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? What do you do when you “pray about it”? What happens during your prayer time? When someone says, “Pray about it”, it implies that the time spent in prayer will give us an answer. It implies that through prayer we will get what we need. I “pray about it” a lot. I “pray about it” every day and my prayer time is mostly listening time. “Pray about it” to me is the same as “Pray until you hear about it.” When I have to make a decision, I often ask close friends and family about what I should do but at the end of the day I get my answers during the “praying about it” time that I set aside. That time is precious. That time is unique. It’s a time between the Lord and me. Prayer time is not people time. I don’t let anyone interfere. I put my phone on “Do not disturb” and I wake up very early so that I am surrounded by peace while praying. Today I want to encourage you to define what “Pray about it” looks like to you. Define it and make the most of it. Pray about everything and pray about it in faith.
I see prayer as a train with different compartments. Each one of them serves the purpose of keeping Jesus at the center and each one of them is important. There is the “praise compartment” which is the first one I enter when I go into prayer. It is right next to the “gratitude and thanksgiving compartment” and I walk back and forth between the two for some time. I could stay in those compartments all the time and I visit them very frequently. I find peace and joy in them and I have settled there knowing that I should never leave those amazing parts of the train of prayer. There is no better place to be than the place where we can worship the Lord from. There is no better place to be than the place that gets us into the Lord’s presence. Praise and thanksgiving do that. They usher us into the presence of the Holy Spirit and they keep us close to His heart. My bed stays in those compartments so to speak. Prayer is first and foremost a vehicle that gets me closer to God and that connects me to His core. “Pray about it “starts with “Praise Him because He already knows about it.”
The second set of compartments is where a lot of seeking happens. After giving God the glory, I give Him the mike. I stay quiet and I listen. Sometimes it feels like He gently interrupts me and gets me into listening mode fast. Other times I just naturally transition into that mode. The meditative characteristic of this compartment is way too often neglected. “Pray about it” is too often asking about it and not listening to what God has to say about it. Seeking His face in everything is primordial. It’s the essence of prayer. Prayer is about the Lord. It’s about what He wants to communicate. It’s about focusing and paying attention. It’s about patiently waiting and patiently adoring. Meditating on God is powerful. That compartment is where I get a lot of my messages. It’s a “no noise compartment” where everything is still and you could hear a pin drop. You hear a pin drop and you notice that it lands on this one specific spot on the map of wisdom and knowledge that the Lord reveals to you during prayer. That’s when you get your answer. If you haven’t spent much time in the quiet compartment of the train of prayer, I invite you to become a frequent visitor of that peaceful place where so much is shown to you. Let God do most of the talking when you pray. Be quiet and be receptive. Be in a position to receive by just quietly seeking the Lord’s face in faith. God is a lot more vocal than we realize and it’s during meditative prayer that we are made aware of His eloquence and His abundance of words. Pray about it. God will talk to you about it!
Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 16:11; Ephesians 1:18; 1 John 5:14