Conversations with God

When we think of prayer, many of us remember the bedtime prayers we learned as children, but the biblical viewpoint on prayer gives us a much wider scope. True prayer that comes straight from the heart gives us a direct connection to God, and it’s something the world is completely unfamiliar with. Religion tells us to pray timidly and with a great deal of doubt, but the Scriptures teach us the exact opposite. Prayer is powerful, and it results in miracles!

Do you subscribe to the “when all else fails, pray” mentality? Sometimes we have a tendency to try everything else first, and then as a last resort or an afterthought, we get down on our knees. When we make prayer a priority in our lives, we are empowered. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Although the world doesn’t value prayer, it is vital to our spiritual grow and success in life. True prayer takes the courage to admit honestly to God what He already knows. There’s no hiding anything from Him, and when we realize that He loves and accepts us no matter what we think, say, or do, we can begin to relax and open ourselves up to His guidance.

Cultivating a relationship with Him and speaking with Him daily brings a peace the intellectual mind will never understand. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). The beauty of this type of conversation with God transcends words, because He can see into us and knows our hearts and minds better than we do. God is love, and He will never fail us (Psalm 136:1-26).

I especially like the fact that as children of God, we have the right to come into His presence without fear. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). We all will encounter trouble and pain at some time in our lives. If we have the wisdom to hand over in prayer whatever we struggle with, He’ll handle it much better than we can.

It’s true that prayer based in faith and belief can move mountains. But if we want God to hear us, we need to make sure our heart is right. That means letting go of any grudges and emotional baggage that may be weighing us down. “Jesus was matter-of-fact: ‘Embrace this God-life. Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake’—no shuffling or shilly-shallying—and it’s as good as done.

That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins’”
(Mark 11:22-25, MSG).

A continual, two-way dialogue with God is critical to the abundant, prosperous life He wants us to experience. We must not allow the world’s view to limit how we relate to our heavenly Father. There’s no doubt about it. When we keep His Word, He will always hear us (1 John 5:14, 15).

— Creflo Dollar