Pray as you can

The last few months have reminded me, once again, of the power of prayer. Not so much in terms of what I have witnessed in the lives of others, or in healings, or wonderful solutions to problems. Rather the power of prayer in my own life.

Through prayer and a couple of good friends I have come to see an aspect of myself that I was utterly blind to. I had an entirely unconscious pattern of behaviour which simply kicked in under particular circumstances. The breaking open of that space has been shocking, but it has been incredibly liberating.

Thinking about my own prayer life and how this has come about I realise that how we pray is actually immaterial. The important thing is the understanding that we cannot will ourselves to change. All we can do is put ourselves in the path of grace, and leave the rest to God.

It is entirely possible (as I have discovered) that we may not even be aware of the things of which we are most in need! For someone like me, who prides themselves on their self-knowledge, this is a revelation! How can I, who knows myself so well, have been so utterly blind to my own most basic of patterns?

Too often prayer is an attempt to convince God of our view of things. It is really an attempt to manipulate God into seeing things my way. Even centering prayer can be used in this way. If I sit and surrender to God for my twenty minutes then God is more likely to do what I want. If we pray in this way, we will miss the transformative power of grace.

What we need to do is to give God full access. To open ourselves to the grace of God. Any prayer method can get us there, it is the intention that is important. What we discover may not always be pretty, but it will lead to freedom.

8 thoughts on “Pray as you can

  1. Thanks for this reflection – I have found this to be true in my own life. Intention is at the root in our prayer life. Blessings and prayers.

  2. Dear Madam,

    Your website has been brought to my attention, via a Facebook posting recommendation, regarding your perspective on prayer.

    If you would like to hear flattering words, that are in unequivocal agreement with you, or you are dismissive of the Scriptural and Biblical warnings, which admonish us to ‘try the spirits’ then you may like to delete this email now… But just before you do, please be gracious and recognise that the reason I write is to ‘sound the alarm!’

    Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world 1 John 4:1 KJB

    Please question the source of this doctrine of yours before blindly accepting this ‘wind of doctrine’, as, acceptable, and from God….

    That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephesians 4:14 KJB

    …yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written…. Romans 3:4

    Why? Because, we all have influences on each other, and I also am in danger of being swept along with any wind of doctrine, unless I remain firm and steadfast upon the Rock. Who is Christ, and HIS WORD. Which is a lamp unto my feet!

    Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105 נ (NUN). KJB

    The alarm bell sounded as soon as having read your piece on Prayer, that there was not one single reference to Scripture. Do you not consider scripture as the basis of authority? Or have you discarded Scripture and replaced it with ‘Holy Spirit’ manifestations? – Do you not recognise that the Holy Spirit comes to TESTIFY of CHRIST and NOT of HIMSELF?!

    But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26 KJB

    He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John 16:14 KJB

    As you declare that “it doesn’t matter HOW, we pray” May I be so bold as to suggest, that the Lord Jesus Christ himself showed us exactly HOW we are to pray, as well as the Apostle Paul, stating that we are to ASK, with thanksgiving and supplication.

    And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. Luke 11:1 KJB

    … but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6 KJB

    As your writing is in err of the Scriptures, please may I suggest you grant yourself the benefit of the doubt and consider this video. Please understand that my intention is to sound the alarm! And bring your attention to a ‘falsehood’, in this doctrine. The choice of course is ultimately yours…

    May I beseech you to re-consider your position, and whether you are in the True Vine, or the False… as there are distinctly Two!

    Here is a link to the video which I sincerely urge you to consider…

    Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
    Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33. Here are three witnesses, that profess the Words of the Lord, shall not pass away, ever… but yours and mine will.

    Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!

    • Gillian – thank you for your response. I believe that your intention is to keep me on the right track. I do use Scripture, just not in this particular post. This one was more ‘by their fruit you shall know them’ (Matthew 7:20). The fruit of the prayer which bore this post is good, therefore I trust it.
      If that isn’t enough for you, I understand. But it is enough for me. It has led me to greater truth, greater knowledge of myself and to confession. In my understanding there is no further test.

  3. Hi Mags,
    Have read your post and Gilian’s reply to it and your frank comment on that.
    I feel you are right. Scripture has indeed aided your reflection, and it need not be proved by quotes.
    Most important is your belief in yourself and trust in the Lord.
    God Bless you.

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