Is there a perfect formula for prayer?
What’s the number one reason we don’t do what we’ve been asked to do? Especially those things that are new to us? Or when our comfort zones are threatened? It’s the same answer for all of us. Fear. Now your fear may be of a different “thing” than me, but it’s all fear just the same. You’re no different than all of humanity.
God has commissioned every single one of His children to spread the good news about Him (Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20).
That most likely looks different for each of us. After all, He has given us each talents & strengths that He wants to use specifically for His purpose (Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11).
Why do we hesitate? I think we’ve got to identify the fear. We have to acknowledge it first. Then we simply pray.
I read a devotion this morning on my Bible App that was so simple that it was mind blowing. It’s not a new concept for me, just a new way of saying it. The author is Max Lucado. The title, The Power of Simple Prayer.
Here’s an excerpt:
…a simple, easy-to-remember, pocket-size prayer.
Father, you are good.
I need help. Heal me and forgive me.
They need help.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
What if we all just spent one week being a pocket-toting-simple-prayer warrior? Would it change your prayer life? Would you actually have a prayer life? Would you have something to share about what Jesus is doing in your life? The answers to these questions are obvious.
Whatever is it that God is calling you specifically to do, He will give you whatever it takes to accomplish it (I can do all this through him who gives me strength – Philippians 4:13).
He’s right there with you ( Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go – Joshua 1:9). He’s right there waiting on you. He promises to give you the words to say (for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say – Luke 12:12).
All you need to do is take that first step of faith (Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6).
He hears your prayer no matter how inadequate you may think it is (If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord – James 1:5-7).
He even hears the groaning of your heart when you don’t know how to pray (In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26).
I believe the answer to the question I asked in the beginning is yes.
All you need is you + God = the perfect formula for prayer.