“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” Abraham Lincoln
The need to cry out to God in prayer is written on our hearts and is placed in our conscience. Prayer is not only talking to God but it is also listening. When we turn off the TV, our cell phone, face book, twitter etc. and pray in silence, we can hear that still small voice.
Matthew 6:6 reminds us of the need for silence. “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”.
When we are alone and in complete silence, we can slowly empty ourselves of all the things that don’t matter and create a holiness and awareness of the things that do matter. When we are able to rid our minds of the unimportant things, we are able to give priority to those things that will truly make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. We come to this stage in prayer by discarding the worry, unimportant details of the day and negative thoughts that are in our minds. We can focus on the positive and wonderful gifts of the Holy Spirit. By doing this, prayer becomes a way of life.
God has given us an amazing gift of creation. We are to appreciate and treasure this gift and never misuse it for our own selfish desires. As we get deeper into our prayer life, God’s spirit and gift of creation is moving us toward him. We are being taught and directed to his ways.
When we see through the eyes of prayer, it influences our relationship with time. We are all too busy. Or we think we are too busy doing things that do not produce fruit. From a dedicated prayer life, we gain the proper perspective of time. It is not something to be endured or rushed through. Every moment become the right time, a moment to be treasured, an adventure to be lived, a meaning to be found, and a joy to behold. In prayer we slow down enough to enjoy. We are surrounded by an attitude of prayer in everything we experience.
Prayer: The Power of Prayer, Gary L Carver, access June 7, 2016