When we talk about setting aside time to pray, some people might say that they just don’t have time to pray. They’re too busy to pray. There’s too many problems to take care of and not enough time to pray. If that’s the case with you, then I will tell you that you’re too busy not to pray!
The busier you are, the more time you must spend in prayer. I believe that if you followed this principle, many of the obstacles and problems that you have to deal with would resolve themselves on their own. You’re too busy because you haven’t brought your problems to Jesus and laid them at his feet. If we don’t tap into the power and provision of Jesus through prayer, then we’re trying to solve problems & overcome obstacles on our own. That’s a terrible mistake! Prayer has got to be our primary work – the primary work of God’s people. It was James who wrote “You have not because you ask not.” (James 4:2) If we’re not asking (and asking correctly), then we won’t receive God’s provision.
Here’s the verse to memorize about provision: Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. (Matthew 6:33, HCSB) Our error is that we’re more desperate for the provision than we are desperate for God! We err in prayer when we want to lay hold of the provision of God before we even lay hold of God. We’ve got to SEEK GOD FIRST, seek his Kingdom first, seek his will first, experience Him, long for Him, crave His Presence… long before we ask for his provision. God wants the relationship to take precedence over his provision. Prayer is a communication tool we possess, a tool we use, that fosters or builds or deepens our relationship with God.
Let’s admit that sometimes we’re quite selfish in our prayers. We use God and prayer to achieve our personal interests and selfish desires. Or we come to him with a long list of people and circumstances and needs that we want him to take care of. I remind you that in the Lord’s prayer we pray “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done”. Prayer is not really about us. It’s about Jesus. Prayer is not a tool to get what we want. Prayer is the tool to deepen our relationship with God, so we align with what God wants. It’s about seeking Jesus and developing your relationship with Jesus. How will your prayer life change if you focus on Jesus and align your will with his will – instead of focusing on outcomes and answers?
~ Pastor Randy