Have you ever had the feeling that something was missing from your life, but you were unable to identify what it was? In 2009 I was living my dream; I had an adoring husband, a great job, and a lovely home. And yet, I felt empty. I was frustrated and confused by this feeling of extreme discontentment. It was during this time that I met Jesus. He was the missing piece. We can look to the things of this world to make us happy, but apart from Jesus we will never be truly satisfied.
Imagine being invited to the White House and being ushered into the oval office to have a one-on-one conversation with the President. That would be a privilege. How much more than this then, is the privilege of a one-on-one conversation with Jesus? That is exactly what He invites us into through prayer.
One of my earliest prayers was “God help me think of you one time today.” That may seem simple, but I spent the first quarter of my life paying no attention to God. That pattern did not change over night. It has taken time, patience, and perseverance to get to know God.
Psalm 27:4 is a very intimate prayer, “God I want to be close to you, not just once a day, but in every moment. I want to discover your beauty and to be filled with awe. What a privilege to know you. Help me to delight in your glory and grace. Lord, I want you to take pleasure in my every prayer. Pull me closer.”
God loves the sound of your voice. Talk to Him honestly. Ask Him to teach you to hear His voice. He will.
Reflect & Respond:
1. What are your deepest desires? Write them in a journal, and talk to God about them.
2. Download the YouVersion Bible app. Click “Plans” on the bottom of the page, and search for “Psalms.” There is a 31 day plan. Click “Start Plan.” Pay attention to the author’s vulnerability and honesty as you read. God delights in our transparent prayers.
3. The first half of this design comes from the New International Version. The second half comes from the Passion Translation. Look up a few of your favorite Bible verses in different translations. You can use Biblehub.com or Biblegateway.com to do this.
Encouragement: Make a commitment to talk with God every day. You will be glad you did.
Recommended Resource: Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer, by Max Lucado