“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”.
Eph 6:18 NIV
Aman knelt down to pray. Every day he prayed the same prayer, “Lord, bless me, my wife, our boy, our dog, us four, no more”. It was a simple request that left God in no doubt as to what was expected of him! Ridiculous as it may sound, fictitious as it undoubtedly is, it reflects the range and scope of many people’s prayers. Our imaginations, our sense of concern, our care and love, so often grind to a halt when we stop to pray. We forget that God will not be limited or domesticated by the narrowness of our vision or the shallowness and selfishness of our requests.
Prayer consists of many different forms of communion with God. Just to be silent in God’s presence is a form of prayer – to be filled with awe at who, and how great, God is without any words happening is as much a form of prayer as a long “shopping list” of demands. Adoration is probably the purest form of prayer there is, but thanksgiving, recalling God’s mercies, blessings, grace and loving actions is a beautiful way of drawing near to the Lord as well. Perhaps too, prayers of thanks are a simple expression of faith in, as well as gratitude to, God. The old hymn used to go, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. Confession is prayer, as well, and it can be a means of growing in grace. Confessing the sins of omission as well as commission is important.
And think imaginatively of all the people in any kind of need .
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, train me to be a disciplined prayer all the time.