When you pray, what is your goal? Do you have the goal of getting God to do what you want Him to do?

Think about this for a moment. When you pray, do you pray for those who are sick, those who need something, or even for blessings to come your way? Petitioning God is perfectly fine, however, if that is all we do in our times of prayer, we are missing the best part of prayer.

Prayer is more than petition or supplication. It is also abiding. Oswald Chambers in his January 23rd devotional, “My Utmost For His Highest,” wrote: “The golden rule for your life and mine is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It is the one thing that is apt to fluctuate but it ought not to. The severest discipline of a Christian’s life is to learn how to keep beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord.”

Prayer is more about moving us to be more of who God desires us to be than it is moving God to do more of what we desire Him to do. Prayer is a time to speak to God, but it is also a time to listen to God. By listening to God, we soon find ourselves on the path of becoming who God has called us to be.

This is accomplished not by “thinking of God” but by “being with God.” God’s presence is what matters most and is more than enough to bring about transformation. There is nothing one can do to force God’s presence, but thankfully, God offers his presence as a gift to those who seek after Him.

This gift is not offered to only the super spiritual few. It is given to any disciple willing to take a prayer-filled step of faith toward God. Every disciple of Christ is called to live the prayer-filled life. The adventure of a lifetime is waiting for all who recognize their opportunity to sit with God for awhile and just be with Him.

Rev. Nathan Buchanan is pastor of First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells.

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