Prayer is a conversation with our Heavenly Father. It’s not as complicated as some folks want to make it. We speak, God listens, He speaks, we hopefully listen. Prayer is a way we reinforce truth in our hearts and souls. It’s how we practice our faith… we put feet – action – reinforcement, to our faith. What if we had parents, but we were never allowed to interact with them? Never allowed to talk, laugh, even argue with them? That would not be much of a relationship, would it?
The best way to give Satan a black eye is to start praying to God in Jesus’ name! Satan cannot read your mind – remember that when you pray. If you can possibly think your prayers, it’s best. Satan can’t get a foothold on a prayer that is from your mind to God’s heart. He could possibly get a foothold on one said aloud. If the devil doesn’t know what you’re thinking – he can’t possibly come up with a counter measure! Spiritual warfare is a real thing – and it starts with humility before the Lord, with sincere heartfelt prayers.
This portion of Scripture tells us to pray in Jesus’ name. That’s why we always tag our prayers with that phrase. I remember being asked to pray aloud once in teen group – and I forgot to say “In Jesus’ name” at the end of my prayer. I was given a tongue lashing by the teen leader afterward. I still get scared when someone asks me to pray aloud – and if it happens to be a pastor asking me to pray – it’s worse yet and I probably won’t do it. We really must be careful when dealing with young people as we teach them. They are so vulnerable and the smallest thing can affect them for the rest of their lives. Encourage young people… they’re doing their best and we should love them for that. Correct them in private – not in front of the rest of the class.
If we ask anything in Jesus’ name He will do it so it will glorify the Father. So, asking God to give me a dozen donuts in Jesus’ name is probably a bad idea. I can’t imagine that it would glorify the Father for that prayer to be answered. God already knows what we want, but more importantly, He knows what we need! He knows best, but He still wants us to ask. He wants to hear from us because He loves us so much! Remember that prayer isn’t about getting what we want. Prayer is about getting to know God.
When I started writing the Heart Hunger Blog, I weighed a whopping 220 pounds and had a horrible food addiction. A friend in my group, “A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith”, told me about how her husband lost 100 pounds when he embraced a low-carb lifestyle. So many people ask me why I called this blog HEART HUNGER and the answer is really pretty simple. There’s a God-shaped place in every heart, and nothing but GOD fits there. We try to put all sorts of things in that place, but they don’t fit! God is the piece that fits in the God-shaped place.
During the month of May, as we ask “Father, May I?”, I want to imagine we are baking a batch of spiritual cookies. We already know that cookies are little carb bombs, so eating real ones would not be a good idea if we want to watch our weight, right? So – these spiritual cookies we bake need not only special ingredients, but they need to be made with special utensils from God.
I want to use a good brand of flour for my spiritual cookies because it’s the flour that holds everything together. I also want to use a Holy Ghost sifter to discern the words I hear and know truth from lies in this life.
Dear Lord, We’re asking “Father, May I?” this month. We want to bake the best batch of spiritual cookies we can. Please bless our hearts and minds with Your flour of strength so everything will hold together when it seems to be crumbling. When we experience doubt or confusion, help us to send everything we hear through Your special sifter of discernment and read the ultimate cook book, Your Holy Word, The Bible, to make sure what we are hearing in the world is in line with what You want for us. When we ask for anything in Your name, we know if it’s within Your will, You want us to have good things. As we sift the flour, may we please hear from You? We need to hear from You! It’s in Jesus’ precious and Holy name we pray, Amen.
I love spiritual cookies. There are no calories, no carbs, no weight gain and no guilt. There is happiness, joy, love, freedom and peace. 🙂