What’s it like when you pray?
Is it easy for you to have a conversation with God?
Do the words flow from your lips to heavens doors?
Some people find it hard to talk to God.
I learned how to pray by watching my great-grandmother.
As some of you know I grew up in Hawaii.
When I was a little girl, I would frequently see my great-grandmother sitting under a mango tree whispering long conversations to herself.
Some of the grown-ups in the house would snicker and say, “When people get old, that’s what they do, sit under the mango tree and talk to themselves.”
One day I decided to get close enough to hear her words. I kept myself hidden and listened intently.
“Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever amen.”
Then, she would speak in Hawaiian using the same tone in her voice.
During her prayer I would see her lift her hands, tears would trickle down her face.
I was captivated by her and one day I was brave enough to inquire, what this was all about.
“Kupuna,” (Word for Great Grandmother in Hawaiian) “Who are you talking too?” I whispered.
She reached out her hand and said to me “Come and listen, we are talking to Akua” (The word for God in Hawaiian).
That day she taught me the lord’s prayer. At the end she said to me in her broken english.
“You, nevah mind what you want, it’s what Akua want for you.”
All those years ago she was trying to tell me, Jamie it’s not what you want in this life, it’s all about God and what he wants for you.
I didn’t realize then what an impact my great-grandmother had made in my life. I remember she loved God and everything was taken to prayer.
I love praying and I imagine when I get to heaven, I’ll get a chance to hug her and thank her for teaching me to pray.
Sometimes our prayers can sound more like rambling off a lists of things we want God to do and I am sure he is listening.
But the kind of prayer we are to pray is found in Matthew 6:9-13.
It’s the prayer my great-grandmother taught me.
The part of the whole prayer that stands out to me.
“Thy kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
It’s a similar prayer Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, before he was crucified.
Matthew 26:39 “He went a little farther and fell on his face, and prayed, saying ‘O father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done.'”
Jesus was face to face with the greatest struggle of his life and he was saying to his father, it’s not what I want but what your will is.
How many of us pray like that?
There have been times in my life when faced with great difficulty, my prayers sounded more like begging.
God doesn’t want us to beg.
He is asking us to trust Him. No matter what your eyes can see, he is asking you to have faith.
Faith, trust, and obedience.
These words link together like a chain making a strong bond.
When used together, they produce a heart of surrender.
When we surrender, we are allowing God to be glorified in and through our lives.
To surrender your wants, thoughts, and desires for what God wants for you is tough. But not impossible.
He will give you the desires of your heart when you seek him first. Matthew 6:33
Don’t allow the enemy to play tricks with your mind.
If you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted him into your heart.
The bible say in Romans 8:11
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
Do we even understand that?
We are God’s children, equipped with his power to move in powerful ways.
Yet we give the enemy access into our lives to defeat us, through our thoughts, the words we speak and actions we take.
I pray today, that you’d come to a place of surrender.
Whatever it is that keeps you stuck in a place of defeat,
rise up child of the most high God and allow the power of the risen lord to move mightily in your life.
Prayer is the most powerful tool in the life of a believer.
God’s word will set you free from whatever it is that keeps you bound up.
It’s up to you to take hold of these tools and use them.
Let your emotions take a break from the roller coaster ride you might be on, and battle the enemy on your knees.
Praying for you today,