How to Pray

Devotional

Amen


We’ve arrived at our final reflection, and along the way have unpacked the incredible variety of ways that we can connect with God. We’ve learned that prayer isn’t simply closing your eyes and talking at God. It can take so many forms and be so many things. But prayer is also simple...


The heart and soul of prayer is this: the God who made you loves you. He longs to walk and talk with you in ever-deepening friendship.


All that really matters is that we come before God with our whole hearts, as honestly and consistently as we can. 


The word ‘Amen’ is often used when we finish praying - literally meaning, ‘Yes! I agree! So be it!’ It is an emphatic way of agreeing, which has power when we come before God. 


In the book of Revelation, John sees twenty-four elders ‘holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.’ These bowls once full will be poured out at the end of the Age in a great universal ‘Amen’. I find it so awesome to imagine that every true prayer I ever prayed - all the frustrations, the tears, the dashed hopes, and yearnings - are not wasted, but cherished, remembered by God, stored up in one of those golden bowls, awaiting their fulfilment. My prayers for Sammy’s healing may not have been fully answered, but neither have they been forgotten. They are heard, and they are held, awaiting an ultimate answer on the day when brain tumours and seizures will finally be defeated. Every single time we say ‘amen’, we pull the kingdom a little closer.


Thank you so much for joining us on this 21-day prayer journey through the Lord’s Prayer. We hope that it has encouraged and challenged you in your prayer life.


As you continue in prayer, be encouraged that every single time, God hears you, knows you and loves you. 


Lord,


Thank you for the way that you have made us to be in relationship with you. Thank you that prayer is a powerful tool to bring about your kingdom and power on earth and for eternity.


Amen