This morning -- coffee mug in hand-- I got into the van to run a few errands, flipped through my classical stations before tuning in to Pastor John MacArthur's radio program Grace to You. He's doing a great series on prayer this week so I encourage you to check it out if you can. Today he made the point that "Prayer is primarily worship." So very true!
Well, why is it that it's so easy to talk about prayer but so hard to do? I'm reminded of a tennis class that I took many years ago where the instructor spent most of the hour standing at the net explaining things. There we were, rackets in hand -- a most enthusiastic group; and here was our instructor lecturing us on how to execute a forehand! We didn't want to talk about tennis; we wanted to play tennis! And so it is with prayer -- it's something we mustn't just talk about....
One of the biggest blessings of my life has been to pray with a group of moms at our local co-op, one that we joined when the guys were in high school. For three years on Monday mornings, a group of moms would meet in the church nursery, pull our chairs into a circle (thus the name prayer circle), and pray about everything on our hearts. It was such a blessing to hear the other moms talking to the Lord in prayer. Talk about being encouraged! And when September starts, Lord willing, I know they intend be there praying at 9 o'clock! Here's what I learned:
* Our prayers don't need to be eloquent.
* The Lord wants us to come to Him & to bring all our requests.
* Being brief is okay.
* He looks at our hearts.
If you're serious about praying you might already be familiar with The Intercessors For America (based in Purcellville, VA) which aims to unite believers in prayer. Already they have over 16,000 people who've committed to pray for our nation through the 2012 elections. On the first Friday of each month until the 2012 elections, they have a conference call (times vary according to your time zone) focusing on prayer for the nation. If you're interested, go to GetAmericaPraying.com or call them at (800)-USA-PRAY. There are still several "First Fridays" coming up: Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2nd --
So, let's take John MacArthur's teaching this week and apply it to our home life by practicing praise to God every day in our homes. We can teach our children to be thankful to the Lord for all His beauty, goodness, mercy & love. I encourage you to pour out your heart before Him regarding your husband, children & home.
Psalm 88:2 Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry!
Have a wonderful day!