Just about everyone prays at
some point. But praying can feel awkward, even for those who believe. However, when we say we don't want to be forced to pray,
at any given time or in front of others, if we consider prayer a burden, we've missed the point.
The point is, prayer should never
be a burden because prayer isn't about us, about me or you. First, second and always, prayer is a privilege. It is powerful
communication with the Creator of the Universe, our Lord and Savior, a privilege that should bring a sense of awe and wonder
that we have a right to come before Him. It is a privilege that changes lives, starting with our own. Prayer has positive
benefits for the whole person--mentally, emotionally and physically as well as spiritually.
Prayer should bring us to our knees
in honor, worship and gratitude. Refusing to bring our worship and petitions before God with others present denies our prayers
the power they can have when we join together with others in prayer. We all know there is strength in numbers. It is no different
in the spiritual realm. In fact, Matthew 18:20 reads, “Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there
among them.” (God's Word version)
When prayer makes us uncomfortable,
we need to make sure our hearts and lives are right before God. Sometimes our prayer needs to simply be one of submission,
confession and repentance, before one of worship, praise or petition.
No one can force us to pray, and
there is a time to speak and a time for silence. But, if we are right before Him, to keep silent, because of our comfort level
alone, puts the focus where it doesn't belong--on us, robs God of the praises of His people and withholds blessing as well
as a full measure of the power of His presence from those praying.
Prayer isn't about ME but about HE
who makes me whole. Prayer is foremost a privilege--not an act of comfort or convenience. God says come and shows us how.
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV
Prayer changes us, changes families
and nations. Maybe it is time to set aside time to pray--together.
© 2008 Carolyn R Scheidies