Prayer, do you see it as a tool for the task or a relationship with the Lord?

When it comes to Prayer, do you see it as a tool for the task or do you see it as a relationship with the Lord? It’s a great question to ask yourself. When do you pray? When you need something or as a conversation everyday with your Lord?

 We might as well admit it; I know I should! We often use prayer in our lives as a tool from a toolbox. When we need God to do something, when we need something in ministry, when we desire to have something accomplished, we go to our spiritual toolbox because we know prayer is what we should use. We pick up the ‘tool of prayer’, we pray the prayer, and then we put prayer back in its box until we need it again. But prayer is intended to be so much more than this!

 Prayer should never be the vehicle we use to get to the destination. Prayer should be our daily destination. Prayer needs to be our lifestyle. Prayer was always intended to be about a relationship with our heavenly Father.   Prayer should always bring us closer to God and take us to new levels of intimacy with our Lord. Prayer is simply conversation with the lover of our souls.

 For some people, talking with God is as easy as breathing; it happens almost effortlessly. When you ask them how they do it, they simply shrug and reply, "I just pray."

 Unfortunately, that's about as helpful as Steven Adams saying, "I just throw the ball," when asked for some tips on more effective basketball playing. It may be easy for him to "just throw the ball", but most of us ordinary people need a little more fundamental instruction to get the job done properly. I mean come on, if I just throw the ball, it almost always misses the hoop.

 With that in mind, here are some simple practical guidelines that might make your time of prayer and connection with the Lord easier and more fruitful.

•    Set the same time and place each day. Your special place to be together.

•    Pray out loud. It helps stay focused and engaged.

•    Practice some quiet reflective time and ask Him to speak to you. Then listen.

•    Keep a note pad handy so you can jot down the things distracting you to sort out later

•    Try journaling. It’s here you can record and track what the Lord is sharing with you.

•    Use bible verses as a basis for prayer. It helps you focus, and it gets you looking at others and not just yourself and your own needs.

•    Mix it up a little every now and then. Worship, read large portions of scripture, dance, go on prayer walks etc.

•    Pray daily in tongues. It truly connects and takes you deeper.

 The point of prayer is connecting and communing with our Lord. And oh, how much we need to just simply converse with our Heavenly Father. Help me to pray Lord. Help me to truly commune with you. Not just to ask for things but to talk and fellowship. Take me deeper, take me further with you I pray!