Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17
There is a lot to be said about prayer. It isn’t that God needs to hear from us, as He observes us all the time. We are reminded that even before we ask of Him, He knows what we need and is answering. There is one thing I have learned, I need Him. I do not need God in a plutonic sort of way. I need Him because I want His presence, His security and above all His arms about me.
In many ways, I would have a relationship like Samuel of old. He said little, but what he had to say spoke volumes. He had a marvelous relationship with God and learned that God does not look on the surface of a man, but looks at his heart. Or maybe, I could be like Elijah, bold and ready to be obedient. Strangely enough, he was a man of action, but after defeating the false priests and prophets fled because a woman threatened him. Maybe, I could be like Elisha possessing such a relationship that I was in constant prayer to God.
These men dedicated themselves to God. My failure is I don’t always focus on God as I should. I know I am saved, but do I really want God’s closeness? I know all Jesus has done and is doing in my life. How quickly do I take that for granted? The Holy Spirit teaches me, guides me and keeps me, but when He calls for me to pray, do I? If a preacher can be distracted I wonder, how about every one else?
There was a story teller and preacher by the name of Charles M. Sheldon. His most famous story put in print never paid him a dime. The book is called, “In His Steps.” It was written in 1896 and while many have not read it today, we have worn a small bracelet or band which says, WWJD, What Would Jesus Do? Wearing the bracelet or band doesn’t change us. It has to be in the heart. I will ask this question throughout the day when I begin the day with Him. My prayer this morning is simple. “Father, please lead me.”
Join me will you?