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Praise the Lord. Moses here again at Christian Motivation. I do hope that you are doing fine. Again I’m just continuing with this service that I’m doing about prayer, just giving you a few inspirations and motivations here and there hoping that they will bless you and they will take you into a deeper time with the Lord in prayer.
So in the first video we talked about what prayer is, and we said that prayer is about communicating with God, we said that prayer is about asking, believing, and receiving, and we said that prayer is about asking in accordance with the will of God, not just asking anything, but you ask based on the word of God or the will of God. And we say that God desires to give you the things that you ask for. Why? Because he is glorified, we saw the scripture in John chapter 15.
In the last video I talked about that there’s a deeper level of praying that is better, or is deeper than just asking for daily needs. Most of the Christians in the church, most of the people in the church, look at prayer and all they go to do in prayer is just ask for their daily needs, the money they want, the rent they want, the mortgage they want, the wives they want or the spouses they would want to get, or the jobs they want, it’s all about me, me, me; asking and asking and asking about the daily needs.
Now I say those are not bad things to ask for and God wants to make those things, but I encourage you saying that there is a deeper way, or there is a deeper level in prayer where it’s not about the needs because the Bible tells us Jesus was teaching his disciples to pray and he told them that God already knows the things that we are in need of.
So prayer really shouldn’t be about our daily things because he knows that we need those.
But there’s a deeper level where you go to God and all you want is to know more of him, is to build up your relationship with him, is to get to see him, is to get to experience is power, the glory, and the things that are hidden in him. Those are the things that you want to go after. So we say that that’s the deeper way, a deeper benefit of prayer. And we also say the other deeper benefit of prayer is for us to look at God, see what he’s doing, and then be able to do it here on Earth. To listen to him, hear what he’s saying, and be able to speak it here on Earth. In other words, bringing the rulership or the dominion of the Kingdom of God here on Earth. That is another deeper benefit of prayer.
Today what I want to do is just give you a few points, a few ideas, a few things that you can use during your prayer time, because you see most of the time you will hear that people will say that they don’t have the time to pray, or they don’t know how to pray, we always come up with excuses. And I’ve realized that those are excuses that we make up. So today I just want to give you a few things, a few pointers that could probably help you in your prayer, in your prayer life.
First and foremost, when you come to God to pray remember that you should not try to put up a front. Don’t try to be who you are not, don’t try to use words that are big, do not try to put on a show. God knows everything about you. I realize that some people think that prayer is all about coming to God and trying to put up this show of trying to use big words and maybe some of us learned certain things when we give our lives to Christ, and we thought that that’s maybe how prayer should be done. Some of us sort of misunderstand what prayer is all about.
So the first thing that I want you to know is do not try to be who you are not when you come to God, just be yourself. When you come to God hurting, just come and tell him, “God, I’m hurting, just because such and such a thing happened.” If you come to him and you’re happy, just come to him and praise him. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Remember, prayer is all about communication. So just come to him knowing this: God is ready to receive you; whether you are in pain or you are in joy, God is ready to receive you.
So the first thing you want to do is just come as you are. I love the name of that song. Just come as you are, really just come as you are. Don’t try to be somebody else in the presence of God, just be an open book because he knows everything about you. And then the other thing is you want to try and look at your schedule and see what really the best time is for you, because everyone has times that really work well for him. But don’t try again to choose a schedule where maybe the time you give to God is the time that is after work and you are tired, you can’t really pray; you always want to make sure you are giving God the first best. Look for the very best of time that you have where you are alert.
Now, you see, when we say that we don’t have time for prayer, really what we are saying is that we don’t know the importance of prayer. Because when you realize the importance of prayer you’ll be able to make sure that you give God the very best time that you have, because I guarantee you if you have a job and they want you to be there at a certain time, you always do whatever it takes even if you have to sleep for two hours so you can be at that job, you will do whatever it takes.
Why? Because there’s a certain kind of importance that you place on that job. You know you need the paycheck, you know you need that money to pay your bills or use however way you want to use it. That’s why you make sure that you do whatever it takes to be there on time, even though you did not have enough rest. That is the kind of attitude we should bring in prayer. We should realize the importance of prayer and be able to give God the very best of our time.
Now it doesn’t have to be a long prayer, it doesn’t have to be any certain way; the only thing that you want to really focus on is that you are giving him the very best time where you are concentrating on him, that’s the only way that really you are going to enjoy prayer. The other thing, don’t be caught up in things like how is your posture and the duration of prayer, whether you’re supposed to spend an hour or two hours or three hours, or thirty minutes, don’t be caught up in that.
Just be caught up in one thing: in God. Just have one desire, to communicate with God and to enjoy God, because I’ll tell you this: When you start to enjoy God, sometimes you will not know, you’ll be in his presence for an hour and it will seem like you’ve been there for three minutes. When you start to enjoy God, sometimes you’ll be in his presence praying for three hours and it will look like you’ve been there for five minutes because you are so caught up in communicating with him.
And when you get to that level when you are enjoying him, you’ll realize that prayer is not just even about a place, you’ll realize that your whole life was set to become a life of prayer where it doesn’t matter where you are, you are always in communication with him. But there are certain disciplines that are really important for us to do so that we get our bodies or our lives in discipline, so finding a good time is very important.
And the other thing is finding a place where you will not be disturbed, where you will not be disrupted by other things. Try not to be in a place where you can easily get on your computer or where you can easily pick up your phone or where you can easily have people disturbing you. Try and go with a place where all those disruptions will not take place, where you will just have your time, you and Him enjoying one another. That is one of the things that you should try and figure out, which place can really give you that.
Now sometimes you may not have that place but what you can do is you may have a time, for example, it may be you have a small house where you really don’t have the place in the house where you can go and spend time with him, what you can do is maybe go outside in a park, and just enjoy Him. Maybe in the mountains, maybe in the hills, wherever it is that you can find a quiet place. Or maybe a churchyard if the church is open and no-one is there and you can spend time with God, or it may be that all you have to do is just twist around the hours.
You could wake up in the middle of the night when everybody is asleep and then you could have time by yourself where you don’t have any disruption. It’s all about knowing the important of prayer and being creative in finding out exactly when you can pray.
But again, don’t worry so much about the small things that I’ve realized people worry about, maybe things like postures. When you read the word of God you realize that people prayed in different postures. There are times I will be praying and I will be lying on the floor, there will be times I will be walking around. I like walking around because it kind of gives me the energy, it gets my emotions up.
There are times you will find me praying but I’m seated in one place and I’m not moving. There are times you will find me praying kneeling down. It all depends on really the mood I’m in, so I’m not so much caught up in the posture. You’ll realize that when your focus is on God and not all these other things that you will enjoy prayer more and prayer will become meaningful to you.
But the things that are most important is choosing a time where you’re not tired, where your brain is alert, where you’re alert and you can communicate to God. The other thing is choosing a place, if you can choose a place where you don’t have any disruptions because I’ve come to realize that we have a lot of distractions and we have to purpose to separate ourselves so that we can go after God. So it’s very important that you choose that. And then the other thing that we must remember is that we should not try to put up a front. Don’t be who you are not, just come to God as you are because he already knows about you, and then just be yourself.
Again, those are simple things, but they’re things that people don’t really think about. I hope they bless you, and I hope when you go to pray you start to pay attention to those things when you realize you need a place where you can just spend time with you and God and without any distraction, you can choose a time that is good where you will really just be alert. I love the nights, when people are asleep, and I love the mornings.
Now, my schedule is really crazy, in that sometimes I can’t really do it that way, but I always want to make sure that I get times where I’m more alert than times when I’m tired, because I’ve come to realize when I’m tired I really can’t do much, I really can’t concentrate, so I end up just sleeping or just resting or just relaxing, so I prefer the times when I’m alert.
I hope those are a few things that really will bless you and will help you in your prayer life. I hope God blesses you. God bless you. Again, Moses here at Christian Motivation saying stay blessed, keep the faith, and reign in life.