I grew up listening to my grandfather pray. I can still close my eyes and hear those prayers if I try. Grandpa didn’t just talk to God….he pleaded with God.
There are times in my life that I have pleaded with God…times that I asked with every fiber of my being for the hand of God to do mighty things, but do I do that every day? No.
Why? My Grandpa prayed for your sick child as hard as he prayed for his own. It was nothing for him to spend an hour on his knees before the throne of God.
Me. I kind of talk to God when I’m stuck in traffic… Or doing dishes. More of a multi tasking kind of prayer I guess. Is my style wrong? I think God likes us to talk to him throughout our day. I Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray continually.
But Jesus prayed in the garden so hard that blood poured from his sweat.
Luke 22:44 “And being in anguish he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
WOW! Now that is some serious praying.
What if I started to pray…really pray. Where I would take my heart’s desires before the all mighty God. What if I came boldly stating my heart’s desire?
Now think about your kids…What if they asked you for something so hard that blood was dropping from their brow…I think I be much more likely to give them the desires of their heart than if they just kind of used me as a vending machine of wants whenever they walked past.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever….That means that the same God that parted the Red Sea is the one I’m praying to. Would he have parted the sea with my simple…please God? Or do great miracles require great prayers?
Now my Grandpa would tell you that times of illness is not the only time we are looking for great miracles. Isn’t it worth a serious talk with God about the future spouse of your child? Most of our pleads are serious…maybe we should start acting like it.
So here is what I’m trying to do to become a great prayer warrior…
Get on my knees every day….yes really on my knees…I saw my grandfather do that up into his 90′s…I think I can too.
Speak out loud. I find I can easily get distracted when my prayers are just floating around my head.
Pick a time of day that really works…I think morning is best for me. But I have to remember to turn off my phone.
I am so blessed to have had a Grandpa that pleaded with his God to watch over me. I want my grandchildren to feel that same blessing.