John 15 / Where is your head?
7 If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Prayer is a gift from God. He has made us with the ability to communicate with him. This is a mind-boggling truth that is so often overlooked or completely ignored by Christians. I don’t mean to be critical or judgmental of my fellow Christians, however, it is a truth that cannot be denied; many believers don’t pray. Why?
For many it is a matter of training. A family alter is almost unheard of in Christian homes today. We are consumed with wireless frenzy. Our work places, restaurants, malls, and yes; even our churches are besieged with the capabilities that keep us in constant contact with social media, games, and texting. We don’t talk to each other much less talk with God. For me it is sad. Communication is swiftly becoming a lost art in our culture.
For others prayer has been frustrating and deemed useless. I don’t feel connected. I can’t find time. It doesn’t really make a difference in my life whether I pray or not. Sad.
I have been guilty of neglecting my prayer life as well. Why? I am convinced the enemy’s (Satan) top priority is to keep us off of our knees and out of the prayer closet. Sad.
I heard a story that might help us. A young mother was in the throes of labor about to deliver her first baby. The pain was intense and unbearable. Her contractions were getting closer together and still she was not able to give birth. The doctor’s rushed her to the x-ray room to see what the problem was; the baby’s head was not pointing toward the birth canal it was a breech position, feet down and head pointing up. The baby was not in the right position to be delivered. The head was not where it should be to be birthed. An emergency c-section was performed and a healthy baby was born. Pain but not birth.
I think many of us are in the breech position when it comes to prayer. Our heads are in the wrong place. Jesus said remain in me. Let my words remain in you. We just need to get our heads right. Think about it. Not having Christ in the right place in our head is all pain not gain.
God will not be able to help us if our head isn’t where it should be. Turn your eyes upon Jesus and he will become the catalyst to help us pray. His word in us is the key to a meaningful and life changing prayer life.