“Preparing to Pray”

March 6, 2019

Noise comes at us every day in relentless succession, numbing us with extreme emotions, dotted with political arguments, news about deeply broken parts of culture, followed by the latest viral video sensation of the world’s cutest tiny baby sloth eating lettuce to a bouncy ukulele soundtrack. How do you hear God in all of this?

From now until Easter, we invite you to join us in taking a few minutes out every day to withdraw from the noise. James encouraged us, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8).  As we lean in to Jesus, we discover that he is already leaning in to meet us. He’s available to love us, to listen to us, to heal us, and to speak to us.

In these devotionals, we will be learning to pray like Jesus prayed, and to surrender our lives to God.

“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).

If we don’t take a few minutes to shut out the world around us, then we may find our prayer life reduced to quick pleas for help on the fly as we pursue our own agendas. Jesus teaches us how to have a far more intimate kind of relationship with God, one full of surrendering our plans for his.

In Luke 9:28, Jesus withdrew from the crowds to pray. He was literally surrounded by crowds, their needs and noise pressing in on him as a physical pressure. In order to connect with his Father, he had to get away from it all.

How would you follow Jesus’ example of getting away to pray?  How do you unplug from it all?

Maybe it’s as simple as putting your phone in the next room while you pray, or asking that you not be disturbed.  You might silence ambient noise by putting on headphones and focusing your mind with some worship music. Maybe you take a walk, or maybe you are lucky enough to have a designated prayer space where you go and meet with God.

Let’s take a few minutes today to silence the distractions and draw near to God. He is already drawing near to you.

Prayer points:

-       Pray that God makes you hungry to pray.

-       Pray that God wakes your heart to an awareness of him.

-       Pray that this Easter, you will see your faith and relationship with Jesus grow.

-       Pray that God helps you find ways to get away and be with him.