“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 CSB
There is an old hymn I love titled, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”, where the lyrics so eloquently say, “Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” I don’t know about you, sisters, but this can rein so true in my own life. How often do we forfeit our peace because we want to share our hurts with others who will justify our anger, validate our complaints, and stir us up, instead of taking every situation to God in prayer? We live in an age where we take things to social media before we take things to God. We even go so far as to post on our preferred outlet asking for prayer before praying about things ourselves.
We often forget what a privilege prayer is, how powerful prayer is, and how big our God is. We tend to seek our own solutions first, and when that fails, we then turn to God. Girls, we literally have access to the throne room of God, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth through Jesus Christ...yet, we don’t exercise that privilege near enough. God wants a relationship with us, and to have that at its fullest, we need to practice the spiritual discipline of prayer. We need to talk to our Creator.
How is your prayer life? Do you spend time in prayer—talking to God, thanking Him, praising Him, and crying out to Him? If you are like me, we can get lazy about it, but to think about how awesome our God is and how we have the opportunity to speak to Him, sisters, it’s beautiful. Let’s never lose sight of that.
Most gracious Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the privilege of a personal relationship with You. Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me so that this relationship is possible. Forgive me when I am complacent, and thank You that I can come to You with every joy and every bit of pain. You are so good. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Evaluate your own prayer life. Do you go to prayer as a first resort or last resort? Spend time this week praying a Psalm daily. Personalize it, and meditate on it. Thank God for how good He is.