It seems fitting to adorn this post with some grateful letters sewn together considering the time of year. So that is just what I plan to do in the next 500 words or so.
Have you ever sat and thought about where you could be if God had not stepped in? When I look back over the days that I have wandered the earth, I realize that I have made some idiotic decisions that could have very well left me dead. My filthy past could have served me all of the consequences that I deserved, and I would have earned all of it. However, I am alive today to tell the stories of how God rescued me, from me. While I stood in rebellion and selfish pursuit, the Father was laying out my redemption and reward. He heard so many prayers on my behalf and covered me, even in my pride and foolishness.
For this and many other reasons, today, I am ever so grateful for the OPEN DOOR of PRAYER. The very same open door that my mother and many others have walked through on my behalf, that Jesus walks through on all of our behalves and that is open for all of God’s children to walk through. We have not earned the right to pray, we can not possibly deserve to pray, yet the living God swings the door wide open for us offering grace and mercy upon our entrance.
Prayer is quite the mind blowing concept. We have a daily opportunity to be active in communication with the God of all creation, at anytime. The Savior of the world and Son of God is constantly petitioning in our favor. We actually have the attention of the Creator of everything. I mean…….. is this mind blowing to anyone else? My brain hurts trying to wrap it around these truths. To comprehend the full scope of what prayer is, is simply impossible. Our brains could never fully understand what we really have access to. Because if we did, I don’t think that we would get anything done. There would be mounds of work everywhere that was neglected because we would all be in constant awe and communication with Jesus. And rightfully so!
The Bible gives us great encouragement to pray. The Word of God tells us to “Prayer without ceasing.” 1Thessalonians 5:17. Also to “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12. I believe the Bible stresses the importance of prayer because apart from God we can do nothing (John 15:5), and our constant commune with Him keeps us abiding in Him. Throughout the Bible we can see that prayer is at the foundation of every person God used mightily. Why? Because cannot possibly know what He wants of us if we are not in communication with Him. That’s like holding a phone, not dialing and expecting an answer. We must walk through the open door the Father has provided for us so that we can engage with Him.
In my thoughts about how grateful I am for prayer, I have also realized how ungrateful I may be in my response to the privilege I have to pray. My busyness and agenda can steal those precious moments without me even knowing it, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. So I decided to create some great “Right Now” prayers that we could get down in our hearts that would help us to feed our relationship with Jesus and bring us to the open door more often throughout the day.
Below are the PDF files for the three different list of prayers for us.
Feel free to share these prayers with others!!
Lord Jesus, thank You so much for the open door of prayer. Help us to see the magnitude of what it really means to have the privilege to be with You in the fold of prayer. God help us to be sensitive to Your voice and come quickly to You. Thank You Lord for Your patience with us. In Jesus name, AMEN.
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6