Prayer Not Repetition
The old house was cold and dark but I never felt safer as my grandmother helped me say my prayers before I went to sleep. This was a very special time for me and if I close my eyes to this day I can hear her saying, "Honeybee repeat after me, Now I lay me down to sleep I pray to the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul he will take.” There was a peace that seemed to come with saying this prayer as a little girl. As an adult I know that prayer is not just the same thing you say over and over again. It is much more than that. According to the dictionary prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. That just sounds so formal to me. I dare say that prayer is sitting with the father, praising Him, asking for forgiveness, telling him what is on your heart and asking him to help you.
God loves his children and wants to hear from us. One of my sons is going to college out of state and I love it when he calls me just to talk. It would be different if every time he called me he was giving me his needs list, I need money, my car needs fixing, I need help, I want this or that. Don't get me wrong I would still be glad to hear his voice and know that he is doing well but it would not be the same as when we are just talking about what is happening in his life, what he and his friends are up to, or how his classes are going. I think maybe God wants to hear from us sometimes just because we love him and not because we find ourselves in a crisis.
I think prayer could be a time to come to God to strengthen our relationship with him. He already knows all about us, what we need and what we want. It should be our privilege to get to spend time with the creator of it all, the one that loved us enough to make us in his image and just have a one on one personal conversation with him pouring out our hearts and devotion to him. I am thankful for my grandmother, she tried to instill in her grandchildren the importance of prayer by being a living example of what a one on one relationship with God could look like.
Psalm 17:6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.