If you have a hard time praying, this blog is for you. If you don’t have a hard time praying, then don’t worry, you can go back to praying because you probably pray without ceasing. However, I have a hard time praying. Maybe I am A.D.D., or maybe I don’t want to quiet my heart and my mind. For example, over the past few months, I have become very focused on having heart level conversations with other people. I am truly thankful that I am able to have more heart level conversations with others. However, my roommate, Cory, helped me see an area that I can improve in. After talking about some friendship issues a few nights ago, Cory said to me, “Look, I know there’s a place for all the talking, but how about just praying for and with people?”
At first, I wanted to argue with him because that is what I usually do is argue. But I listened to what he said, and a few days later, I found that there was a lot of value in that for me. The problem though is this:
I don’t have a good prayer life.
If you don’t either, you can read that line out loud and just acknowledge it. I don’t have a good prayer life. After watching a couple of messages lately in the Prayer Remix series by Louie Giglio, I believe that a big reason I don’t have a good prayer life is because my prayers don’t get outside of myself, my community, and my focus in life.
Louie talks about how there are common themes of our prayers. “Dear God, thank you for this day.” “Bless me.” “Bless my family and friends.” “Be with me.” “Be with them.” “Forgive us of all of our many sins.” And that’s about it. Prayer doesn’t go a whole lot further than that a lot of the time.
Now, I will say that I have had times in the past where I had a deeper prayer life, and prayed more kingdom oriented prayers.
So here is one way that I am going to focus on praying this week, because I’m not satisfied with my prayer life. This is the prayer. It is simple, but it is key for me.
“Lord, I want to ask you to live your life through me.” God is with me (Mt 28:16-20). God is for me (Rom 8:31). God loves me (John 3:16). God has blessed me, and I am living in the fullness of the blessing of God in Jesus Christ (Eph 1:3-14). Christ is not just with me, but Christ is in me (Colossians 1:27). So I can start asking God, “You’ve blessed me. You’ve changed me. How can I bless you? How can I bring praise to you? How can I bring glory to you?”
Imagine how God’s kingdom might expand in your life if you asked God to live His life through you, instead of you asking God to bless the life you want to live? What if your desires were to invite God to take over in your life? What would it feel like to know that God was living His life through you? A little scary, maybe. Maybe you would be terrified. Or maybe, just maybe, you might feel like you were on the greatest adventure of a lifetime, living out the purposes of God for your life. What would that be like? Want to join me today? Here is the prayer:
“Lord, I want to ask you to live your life through me.”