Prayer, it’s something that all of us as followers of Christ are told to do. From the moment that we accept Christ, to the day we die. We are told to pray. But, have you ever been told how we should pray? I would wager that most of us, myself included, have never been told or taught how to pray. That is something I, and everyone else here at the Christian Furry Fellowship (CFF) aim to change. Over the course of the next few weeks we will examine what prayer is, what attitude we should we should have when we pray, how we should pray, when it seems there is no answer, and when it seems that God has gone silent. Together we will not only learn what prayer is, grow closer to God, but also grow closer together.
What is Prayer?
“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 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. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one”. Matthew 6:5-13.
Take a moment and think about what prayer is in general, and what prayer is to you. The simplest answer to this question is, that prayer is having a conversation with God. Notice I said conversation, not talking to. If you are talking to or at someone, you are not giving them a chance to talk to you in return. When you have a conversation with someone, you are stopping long enough to listen. That is very important. If you don’t stop long enough to listen to what the other person is saying. You can never learn and make changes that could improve your life. We should take that same approach to prayer. When we pray it should be more than us asking God for something we need and or want. This should be a time of closeness with Him. And we gain that closeness with Him by listening to Him. Approach prayer as an opportunity to gain that closeness with Him, not just to ask Him for stuff. Its an opportunity to have that conversation with Him.
Have you ever stopped yourself and asked, “what attitude should I have when I pray”? Or “how should I approach God when I pray”? Â When we pray we should adopt the attitude of humility. We are approaching God, the creator of the universe. The God who created you. When we pray we should have a feeling of awe. Because God, the creator of the universe, is allowing us to communicate with Him. We should approach God with humility, awe and confidence. When we pray we should be confident that God will provide us with what we need in His time. When we take that approach and that attitude our prayer life will flourish and we will grow closer together.
I hope that this has helped you to better understand pray better. I hope that you can take something out of this to use in your prayer life and to grow closer to God. I look forward to the weeks to come as we dig deeper into this and many other subjects in God’s word. From me and everyone else here at the CFF, may God bless and keep you. Before you go about your day, let me pray for you.
Lord, keep and hold us that we may grow closer to you. Show us more of Your glory and power in our lives. Give us the strength to stand for you in what seems to be an ever darkening world. May we be a light to those lost in darkness in this fandom, and to everyone around us. Send us out with your blessing. In Jesus name Amen.