- Published: Friday, 27 September 2019 05:23
- Written by Bethany Elle
"Prayer in its purest form is a love relationship with Father God. It's an enjoyable relationship, not a religious activity. It's the privilege of soaring to the very throne room of Father God to touch His face. Our souls are starved for this sense of awe-to speak and to hear from the living God who loves us and is waiting to share His heart with us."
Brian Simmons (Throne Room Prayer)
Prayer has always fascinated me. I love that we have the freedom to pray wherever we are and whenever. There are so many ways to pray, to engage in the depth of God's love. When I was a child there was a "right" way to pray. I was instructed once by a pastor that I needed prayer lessons. Even at that young age I wondered if something was off. There was. I was learning to speak words, but not to have conversation with the Lover of my soul.
I've been practicing conversation with God for some time now. I like to talk to Him just as I would have a conversation with someone next to me. I picture myself running wildly into His Throne room and snuggling myself in His lap and engaging in all that is on my heart. It's not always deep and moving, but it is allowing Him to see me. Just as my children and grandchildren run into our house and excitedly talk about their day, I too run to Him. My youngest grandaughter always runs to me with her arms up when I pick her up from school. She then starts talking, and she keeps talking. Sometimes I don't know what's she saying, but i can tell by the look on her face that she's sharing a part of herself with me. She's trusting me with her little heart, and I love that. When my grandsons come to visit they tell me their secrets, and I hold them all safely in my heart. It feels good to me and to them. This is what our Father does for us. It doesn't matter what I say to Him, He holds it all and He loves me. He listens with intensity and He always longs for more. It's beautiful.
God wants to know our secrets. He wants us to know His secrets. He does not want us to get caught up in rules with Him, He is longing for relationship. Jesus is our gentle shepherd, everything about Him is wrapped in mercy and love. When you have conversation with Him he is not going to condemn you. He speaks back to us in a tender quiet voice that is kind and eager to hear more. When we engage in conversation with Jesus we will always leave different. He changes us to look more like Him each time we are with Him. Our prayers build hope and the ability to see life in a more positive way. Our prayers bring us peace.
I can run to Him at anytime, wherever I am. Even in the deep of night, He comes to me in my dreams. He brings pictures to our mind during the day. His Spirit brings us to a place of understanding and inspiration. When I am in the city, the mountains, my house, with a friend, or alone, He is there. Anytime, anywhere.
There have been times in my life that all I could bring to God was my whining, fear, distress, and pain. He still was there to listen. He has never gone away leaving me to despair alone, instead He has changed me to see that even in the deep pain, there is good. Even in my hopelessness, He turns it to hope. Even in the chaos, peace is reachable.
Today, I am so thankful to Jesus for life. I am thankful to share it with Him, to know Him and to be held by Him. Are you running to Him with the treasures of your heart today? Are you seeking Him in His Throne room and sitting in Heavenly places with Him? Are you standing on the firm foundation of His love? Don't let fear hold you back, run like crazy, wild and free. He will catch you!