2009-10-30 - Prayer Types
Part 3 ~ The Prayers God Likes
Now just so you don't think God hates hearing us pray to Him there are prayers
God likes. I want to list five of those for you now.
Buddy Prayer - This is the opposite of the puffed up prayer. "Hey God, it's
me. I just wanted to say I love you." God created man for fellowship. He
is our greatest friend. He wants us to speak to Him as a friend. We don't
have to complicate prayer with lots of Oh Gods and Thee's and Thou's. God
wants us to respect him but also to be his friend. According to
Matthew 19:14 "But Jesus said, Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of
heaven." Pray like a child.
Hello God, it's me Adam. I'm fine how are you? Thanks for the sky and birds
and stuff. I'm having a good day how about you? Thanks for the Fritos and
corn dogs but not for the salad. Thanks a lot for the chili. And thanks for
the chairs and the table and the doors and the couch and the walls and the
roof and the bed and the bathroom and the grass and... Well I guess that's
it. Take care. Amen.
Look at the disciples, when they spoke to Jesus did they refer to Him as
O wonderful One? No they called Him "Jesus" and "friend".
Silent Prayer - This is the opposite of memorized prayer. There are two reasons
to be silent.
First, we simply can't convey with words what we are feeling or express our
thoughts. In times like this, we need no words - our emotion and spirit do
the communicating with His. If you see a bad wreck and you just have no words
but you feel moved. Maybe you manage a sigh. That is when the Holy Spirit
fills in the words for you. This prayer is one that comes from true closeness.
I can look at Dana and she can look at me and we can convey hundreds
of words without a single one ever being spoken.
Romans 8:26,27 - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our
infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the
Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of
Chrysostom, a 4th century preacher, used this analogy for prayer. A young
boy wanted to give a gift to his father who had been away a long time. His
mother sent him to the garden to pick a bouquet of flowers. The boy grabbed
flowers, weeds, grass, and everything else he could find. But when his father
returned, he received a beautiful bouquet of flowers because the boy's mother
had intervened, removing all the weeds. Our prayers are nothing as they leave
our lips but Christ intercedes for us turning them into sweet bowls of incense
for the Father.
The second time we may also need to be silent is when we wait for an answer.
Talk to him but then wait for his answer. Too often we pray and ask a question
but we get up and go about our business instead of waiting on a reply. A
person named Andrew Murray once stated "Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue;
God's voice in response to mine is its most essential part. Listening to
God's voice is the secret of assurance that He will listen to mine."
... to be continued...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted