Matthew 6:6-7: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
How can prayer become real and life changing for each of us?
Prayer: That one word that everyone knows so much about, but yet knows so little about.
I believe that prayer is one of the most essential things in our lives. However, it is very easy to neglect in our busy life. I have been guilty of this myself. Most of our time is spent trying to catch-up to the rest of the world that seems to be moving at break-neck speeds.
We look at praying as an activity we are responsible for or our duty to do each day. But the truth is, prayer reminds us of our true powerlessness. We realise how awesome and mighty and powerful God is and in comparison how small and weak we are.
As I tried to reflect on my own personal prayer life, I realised we cannot do anything of our own and we stand in need of His grace and mercy which we receive through the people around us.
Truth is we pray not just with words, but with thoughts, and actions. We are praying when we remember God is with us and say, ’Thank you God!’ We pray when we’re faced with a difficult decision and our lips say, ’Please help me Father.’ We pray when we’re doing things we are not confident of and we say in thought, ‘Father be with me.’ We pray when God seems a million miles away, and we silently look up and say, ‘I trust you God.’
I read somewhere in an article, “Prayer is our main source of power, because it connects us to the sole source of power,” this says it all.