(TO TRULY SEE IS TO PRAY)
Do you pray? Do you really understand what it means to pray?
When you close your eyes and somebody says “Prayer!” what comes to mind? The inside of a church with its pews filled with voices in supplication? Or your family matriarch or patriarch kneeled before the family altar?
Prayer. For so many so-called ‘spirituals,’ it is equated with a face masked in piety, eyes closed, hands folded, knees bent. A chore. An obligation. On the other hand, for those who call themselves ‘nonreligious,’ prayer is a mere act of mysticism – a reaching out to a force out there for mythical strength and guidance.
Prayer is neither a chore nor a myth. And it is so much more than getting down on your knees at a certain time, on a certain day.
Prayer is the expressed need of man’s spirit for intimacy with his God. It is a hunger and a thirst as basic as shelter, food and clothing. Prayer is an act of faith that nourishes the spirit and directs the soul. It is real. It changes lives. It transforms communities. And it is necessary.
“…we were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16b NIV)
Has your heart seen Jesus? If you have, then why are you living your life the way you are now? You cannot pray if your every moment betrays a secret sin here and there. How then can you say, “My heart has seen Him”? (Proverbs 17:3)
If your heart has seen Him, then why don’t you want to get to know Him more? Can’t you see that the reason why you cannot really pray is because your faith has not ‘heard’ enough of His message? His message IS heard through the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
A heart that has truly seen the Lord is a life anointed by the Lord. Are you going through a season of dryness? Get down on your knees and pray. Then receive His anointing.
Prayer. Your everyday has been filled with His majesty. From the rising of the sun. To the gift of life, the gift of provision and the gift of peace. From the setting of the sun. To the gift of understanding, the gift of love and the gift of unmerited favour. He has been faithful in giving you reasons to pray. Be more than a man down on his knees. Be more than a church fulfilling an obligation.
Really pray. Get rid of the obstacles and let your heart truly see. For to truly see is to pray.
Do it today.