Tuesday In Other Words – Prayer   7 comments


Tuesdays In “other” Words is hosted this week by Laurel over at Laurel Wreath. Laurel has chosen the following quote:

“When there is little awareness of real need there is little real prayer.”
~ Donald S. Whitney ~
Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life





Realizing that I have not read this book, nor do I know the context of what the quote is referring to, I can only make an assumption regarding context. If the author is talking about the awareness for the need to pray and how vital it is to the Christian life, I can agree with this quote.  Prayer is the very breath of our Christian life and without it we would suffocate and die spiritually.  If this is not what this quote is referring to, I have a barrage of questions:

Do I only pray when there is a need?  Do I pray just to talk with God? Is God the Spiritual Santa Claus and I only go to him in prayer when I need something?  Do I have a relationship with God where I can go to Him other than always asking for something; seeking only his hand and not his face?   Do I pray just to converse with God?  Is my “real need” just to sit in the presence of The Holy God and  BE STILL? Is my “real need” to be thankful?  Am I not aware because of my pride? Why would I not be aware of a real need?  What is causing me not to be aware?  Is there sin in my life that needs confessing?  Have I not totally forgiven someone?  Am I not in fellowship with my Savior? Am I not in fellowship with other believers to know their “real needs”? Do I know what “real prayer” is?

This quote caused me to take a good look at my prayer life; to see what my motives for prayer really are. I found myself praying “Search me O God and know my heart” yet again.  My focus needs to be on God and not on myself.  If my focus is on God, we are in communion and my prayers will be a  conversation with Him. He is in control and knows my needs. When my focus is on God, I am able to see where I am falling short and pray for forgiveness and restore that area in my relationship with Him.  When my focus is on God, He opens my eyes to the needs of others. 

God is so good. He does not leave us helpless.  Even if I do not know how to pray, God still hears my prayer because he can see my heart.

Romans 8:26-27

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our
weakness. We do not know what we ought to
pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
through wordless groans. And he who searches
our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because
the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance
with the will of God.

I hope you too will search your heart and return to the love relationship the Lord seeks to have with his followers.  If your prayer life is being neglected, run to the One who will restore that fellowship.  He is waiting.

For more thoughts on this quote go to Laurel Wreath

7 responses to “Tuesday In Other Words – Prayer

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  1. Great post. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is beautiful..

    “This quote caused me to take a good look at my prayer life; to see what my motives for prayer really are.”

    Praise God that was my desire.

  3. Word! Well said. The restorer, the comforter, our redeemer is always there!

  4. I’ve heard it said that the things I’m not praying about are the things I’m seeking to be in control of..or worse, think I’m in control of…and thus are areas of my life in rebellion against God’s authority. Sobering thoughts, indeed…

  5. Very thought provoking post. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Oh Lana, you were in my quiet time the other day, weren’t you? This is an area of my spiritual life that I struggled with for years–the whole wrong prayer motives leading to disappointment over wrong prayers. Only the diligent study of Scripture and what God says about prayer brought me to truer confession. Even so, this area continues to be one of humbling and refinement. I’m so grateful that God continues to draw me to Himself and requires my obedience in prayer.

  7. Lana~ my eyes welled-up reading this post…how comforting to know that He knows my heart and hears/sees me all the time!

    What a beatiful post…you’re such an inspiration.

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