As I've begun this journey to try to figure out more about prayer and to grow deeper with Jesus, I feel like I'm a little stuck because I'm not even sure what questions I should be asking about prayer to take me deeper. This is a roadblock because I feel like one of the best ways to seek something out is to ask the right questions. Right answers are clues. Watch towers. They lift you up a little more to see a higher landscape and to point you to your destination.
Yesterday, I tried to ask the basic question. I asked a few people, "What is the purpose of prayer?" I pretty much got one response. People tied prayer with communication with God. As I'm typing this out, I wonder if that is only a very small portion of it.
Communication. As I typed that word the first time, something just clicked.
Woah, woah, woah!
That's IT! Oh, this is looking familiar! I think Ann Voskamp from A Holy Experience talked about this concept once.
Prayer is about Communing with God, about a soul-deep, spirit-connecting intimacy with the Almighty.
I love Revelations 3:20.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me."
I wonder if this is maybe what prayer is supposed to be about, about us opening the door to our hearts, letting Jesus in, and having a meal with Him, sharing life with Him, never forgetting that He is God.
Now if this really is the case, how does that change the way we pray?
For me, this type of spirit-deep prayer invites me to just be danae . . . to come my whole, broken self to Jesus and let Him come in and know me fully. It means I can find a safety in prayer, in purposefully being with Jesus, because it's just Him and me, and He knows me and wants to share life with me. Maybe we should be picturing at least one type of prayer as coming to the dinner table to meet with Jesus. To let Him fill us and feed us and let His presence change us. Maybe?
Is this really Biblical? Because I don't want to just make pretty sounding answers. What is prayer, Jesus? It seems like an answer for that should be much deeper than a one word conclusion, doesn't it? Isn't there more? Please help me to ask the right questions.
Thank You for bringing me through another day. I still have a lot of homework. It's Yours. Thank You for holding me up, for knocking on our hearts.
I love You. (please, "more love to Thee")
In Jesus' name.
PS The prayer for Day 4 was serving. My apologies for the delay for that. I was away from my list when I wrote my blog post.
The prayer for Day 5 is for blessing. I might try to talk about that later. It's such a unique prayer!
Have a wonderful day, Loved-Of-The-Lord!