Confidence from Relational Prayer
I continue to add substance to the Year of God’s Love. Today I teach on God’s love and its relationship with prayer.
Many are in stress, depressed, hurt, sad, in need of physical or emotional healing or in unending material needs. Underneath all these is a problem in the inner man – the spirit.
Prov 18:14 (KJV) The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
Determination and strength of faith to win over life’s problems come from God’s love. His love heals a wounded spirit, inspires confidence and empowers faith in your spirit man.
How to grow in love and trust that inspires confidence of faith?
The answer lies in our prayer life.
Love came down when Prayer connects, in Person
God’s love flows in us when our hearts align with Him relationally in prayer. Prayer in relationship with God encapsulates these terms – “loving God”, “fellowship”, “worship” and “thanksgiving”.
In this article, I am addressing prayer as our connection, our communication with God who loves us personally. Prayer is not just petitioning for needs or chanting a mantra. Some of us from a background of idol worship do that. Through the risen Christ, we are set up for communication with the living God in person. In prayer we talk with a person. Get this and we will pray differently.
We teach prayer as talking with God but we slip into reciting a ‘prayer’ religiously. True person-to-person communication is not there. Just check on how some children pray at the dinner table. We taught them to pray with certain phrases. They repeat them and we are pleased. This is good for a start but we need to pray relationally with God. Confident trust is by relationship.
Prayer is communication with God which is a two-sided exchange of understanding between God and us. It involves conversation with love, intimacy, honor, respect and courtesy. There is sharing from the heart as well as listening from the Lord. We profit from learning conversation with our parents and friends humanly, more so when we converse with God. Prayer in faith is relational.
Prayer – being present with God
Sister Lily seldom asks God for her needs. She loves communing with God in His presence. Then she heard from God, “I will systematically provide finance for you”. How cool is that! Some could be storming the throne of God for finance but not getting it. Here, she wasn’t even asking.
Here is the truth for the power of prayer: Provision, healing and freedom (from fear or stress) are by-products of being in the presence of the Lord that loves us.
Psa 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (KJV)
Higher aim – Quality of life
We go for a higher quality of life. Prayer is a time present with God, fellowshipping with Him, appreciating, loving and worshipping Him with thanksgiving. Needs are richly met there.
This is unorthodox to what we have been used to. But it is a better way to pray. We are lifting God up as who He is and does not treat God with disrespect by our much repetition of our needs or even expressing our anger when we do not get what we want from God. I am not saying we do not ask. Let us not be pre-occupied by it until apart from asking we have nothing to talk to God about. Prayer is relationship with God. Start practising. Amen.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
Group Senior Pastor
New Life Restoration Centre
祷告 – 处在神的同在里
更高的目标 – 生命的品质