The Receiver of Our Prayers
A Symbol of the Trinity, One God, Three Persons
Questions on Hubpages
One of the things you can do on Hubpages is post a question for others to answer. I discovered one that asked if it was okay to pray to Mary. My answer was no. I believe that all our prayers should be directed to God only. I realize that for Catholics this is more about asking Mary to pray for them, but why would you do that if you have direct access to the source of all power in the universe? There is also no guarantee that Mary hears us like there is when we pray to God or talk to a friend and ask them to pray for us. So, this got me thinking, who is God? Who is the one that hears our prayers and then answers them. That is what this blog is about.
God, myself, and prayer
Ever since I became a Christian, God has shown me how great He is. He has been my provider and He has answered all of my prayers. I will admit that at times He hasn’t answered in the way that I would have wanted. This summer is the perfect case for that. I have been searching for a job and it hasn’t panned out the way I wanted. But, I know that God is answering with a not yet. He is still providing for me and I can rest in his love and grace. (since writing this blog, God’s has provided a great full time job)
Indescribable is Our God
God of the Universe
Who is this God that we pray to? Here are some bullet points to read over and ponder (and, of course - pray about).
Creator: I like how Genesis starts off, it says, “In the beginning, God...” (Genesis 1:1). There is no disputing his existence. He has always been there - and He will always will be. No beginning, no end - always. The rest of the verse says “...created the heavens and the earth.” Just ponder that! The God that we pray to has the power to create by simply speaking it into existence. I suggest that you take some time to read the rest of Genesis 1 to have that really sink in, how he created by speaking the world into existence. If that doesn’t get you motivated to pray, maybe this next thing will.
Luke 18:1-8: This is one great parable. The story is about a widow who wants justice. She keeps going to the judge who doesn't fear God and men and she is able to win him over to get the justice she deserves. Jesus then contrasts God to this judge. God loves us, so how much more does he want to grant us things - just like any good father wants to do. And all we need to do is pray! He wants to know what we really want. I think that is what God wants us to know from this parable, that if we pray persistently, for what we really want -He is going to answer. Praying with persistence shows God what we really, really want. So I pray persistently for revival, because I really want to see that.
And speaking of praying with persistence, that is one reason why I think that God provided that new job. I didn’t give up on God that he was going to provide. So, what are you praying for that you have been praying for a long time? Let’s persistently pray for our friends and family to come to Jesus.
The Same Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Just pause here to think about that. He doesn’t change. His character is the same from eternity past to now and into eternity future. We can be sure of what He is like because He doesn’t change. The best part of this is that we don’t have to worry about God changing to a personality that doesn’t want to hear us pray. That God will always love us and we can be sure of that. Isn’t that amazing, folks!
Jesus is the Pioneer and Perfecter of Our Faith (Hebrews 12:2): Placing our trust and faith in Jesus can be hard. But it was Jesus who pioneered faith and He is the perfecter of our faith. He is here to help us and guide us. Later on in chapter 12:2 it says “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Jesus did what he needed to win us back. He did that for us, and he still does things for us today. So when we pray, we are praying to a God who wants the best for us. Jesus, who is God's son (and who IS God) will do what He wants for us.
God is the Provider: Look up the passage from Matthew 6:25-27. We are told not to worry about clothing or food because God provides for the birds of the air. How much more will he provide for us? We can rest assure that God is going to provide for us. We just need to trust him. This makes me want to pray to him even more. How about you?
As He continues to provide for me, it makes me what to pray more. Now I’m praying that my writing can become a source of income for me and I can have a part time paid ministry job. I will pray with persistence, knowing that no matter, He will provide and if it is not what I want, it would be better than what I want. What about you? Can lean into this when you are praying?
He Has Many Names: One of my favorite posters is one where it list the different names for God. Each one gives us a different picture of who God is. My favorite name is Emmanuel, God with us. I love the idea that God is with me. That He is here shaping me and guiding and leading me through life. Take a moment and read through this list of names and just allow it speak to your soul by His Spirit: Father, Jesus, Savior, Yahweh, The Great I am, Provider, God, etc.
How About You?: What characteristic of God do you think I’m missing? Remember, we believe in a God that wants to hear our prayers. So, let’s be praying. Of course, share anything that you think is helpful. I would love to read about more of God’s charactrics to help encourage us to pray.
When you pray, what name do you use?
God is amazing. I don’t why you would pray to anyone else. Let’s keep praying to the God of the universe. I’m praying for revival. What are you praying for? Let’s keep up the good fight in prayer. We are in the battle with spiritual forces, opposing everything that's good.
As always, pray, pray, and pray. Early and Often!