In my post Solitude I discussed the importance of prayer and the importance of seclusion where we can experience His presence and hear His answers. Today I want to reflect on some on these points and revisit the reasons behind them.
Through prayer I have learned never to under estimate the power of God!
His compassion and love is overwhelming to us here on earth, but it is through His love we are even here. He is the referee of our troubled hearts and the source of all our joy.
Prayer is our medium to talk with Him and the gentle whispers and nudges come from Him in answer. He will listen to our cries of sorrow and the tears of joy. He is always there to provide an answer or a path of guidance and He never turns a deaf ear.
Paul encouraged the Colossians to “continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).
Our prayers are a powerful force in the universe!
But he reminds us that faith and love are essential to each other and that we may not forget the Golden Rule. In the Sermon on the Mount, when speaking of the sixth commandment Jesus taught his disciples that acceptable worship of the Father was impossible if everything was not right with one’s brother.
After having taught us to pray,
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors,”
“If you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
I am reminded of my younger days when grandfather would tell me:
“Just because you don’t see His hand, don’t question His plan.”
God has a plan for each and everyone of us, we just have to be patient and listen to what He whispers to our hearts.
In the bible every time Jesus prayed he went away from the crowd and prayed in seclusion. We are instructed in the bible to pray in a closet or some other place of privacy. The reason for doing this is so we can hear what His answer is. When He whispers in your ear or into your heart, it is best to be in a quiet place so you have no distractions from hearing His words.
Are you willing to find some silence in the day where you take the time to be with God? Are you prepared to follow Christ’s example and like him want to pray unceasingly?
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1Thessalonians 5:16-18)
For me this has been the most efficient way to talk with God. He is always there to guide my every move and I am always looking for ways to share the blessings He has given me. We are in continuous conversation with each other.
At the close of the parable of the unmerciful servant, He applies His teaching in the words,
“So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:35).
Throughout the day we can ask God for guidance. When we come to a rough area it is Him we may trust and count on. He leads us through it. Let prayer be a continuous conversation. Come to see that His answers are always within reach.
The importance of listening can not be overstated. He is always there and always has the correct answer.
Walk daily with God at your side!