One thing is for certain… Christians pray for all kinds of reasons.
They pray because they are supposed to. In other words, that’s what Christians do.
They pray because they are scared.
They pray because they are looking for answers to what befuddles them.
They pray because they want something.
They pray because they want direction.
It’s often times rare, unfortunately, that we pray for the sole purpose of what Jesus said eternal life consists of: KNOWING HIM (John 17:3).
In fact, I want to challenge the ‘why’ behind prayer in this blog.
My sole goal for doing this, apart from feeling prompted by the Lord, is to encourage you in a direction of prayer that I believe will bring you more joy, more peace, and more clarity than what you are currently experiencing.
Let’s start by taking a look at an all too familiar passage of scripture.
It’s one that I have turned to many times in the past for reassurance and I’ve also referenced these very verses in previous posts.
It was the wisest man that has ever lived, King Solomon, who wrote these words that have been quoted, cherished, and clung to by many saints in years past and, I’m certain, in years to come.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Let’s face it… one of the main motivations for our supplications and petitions is simply that: We want our paths to be straight.
In other words, we pray because we are looking for direction.
We are looking for help.
We are looking for an answer.
Simply put, we get the order wrong.
If we aren’t careful, the answer becomes more important than acknowledging Him.
When this happens, we run the risk of holding Jesus captive to what He hasn’t answered yet.
This opens the door to the possibility of being oﬀended with God.
These verses from Proverbs show us that making Jesus the ‘why’ is superior to any other motive of prayer.
My friends, I can promise you this… When you make Jesus the goal of your prayers, straight paths are the byproduct.
I prove that I trust in the Lord with all my heart when He and He alone is my goal.
When I choose to seek Him, I’m demonstrating that I trust Him with what concerns me.
It’s the knowledge of Him that I’m after.
To acknowledge the Lord in all your ways is to simply tell Him that He’s what you want… He’s what you’re after… He’s your all in all… He’s your desire.
You realize that you need to feed on every word that proceeds from His mouth.
Relationship is your food.
We acknowledge the Lord when we realize that we are nothing without Him and when we take the attitude of wanting to do nothing without Him.
His presence in all things is our interest.
There is nothing we can do apart from Him.
When He becomes the point of why we close the door to be alone, you will receive all the direction you need.
His voice will begin to lead you simply because you’ve become more familiar with it through fellowship.
My friends, if you take anything from this post, take this — He is more precious than anything else in this world.
All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him (Colossians 2:3). This tells me that the answer to every question and every need is in a person… It’s in Jesus.
Let’s make knowing Him our ‘why.’
- Brian Connolly, Faith Like Birds Ministries