Why don’t we like to pray? Why is so difficult for individuals to take time off their day to speak to Christ? In a day were we have 1,440 minutes that ends up being 24 hours, we fail to Honor Christ by spending a few minutes talking to him. Many of us think of boredom when we speak about prayer, Why? because we stopped making prayer about HIM and started making it about us.
The scriptures declare in Romans 8:8 “People who are self-centered aren’t able to please God ”. (CEB) So we turn our prayers into “me” sessions, about what we need, about what we want, about the promises that we still have not yet received. Then little by little we start loosing the FIRE to pray and end up being the heathens that Christ describes in Matthew 6:7, people that use “vain repetitions.” There is no response from the Lord because we are not pleasing HIM, we get frustrated, bored ultimately turning away from prayer.
Prayer has been one of the best gifts that Christ has given humanity. In Psalm 84:1 David tells us “ How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty.” King David turned his prayers into a time of nothing but living in the presence of God, because to him it was better to live one day in his courts then thousands elsewhere (Psalm 84:10). Moses and Jesus put so much importance to prayer that they would retreat themselves from the community to talk to God face to face. We to have the opportunity to speak to God face to face.
Through Christ, God gives us the opportunity to be able to know Him. Then our prayer time will change, we will not spend time seeking gains, but rather spend time learning from Christ. Our time of payer will be the time were we meet Christ face to face, where He leads us out of this culture and lead us into the culture of Heaven. Prayer becomes our meeting place with the King, where He will teach us about His character and lead us to live lives as saints – “people that live on this earth as if they were living in heaven.”