Ministering to the Lord in Prayer
Every believer wants to pray and see God move, but we are not to come to God like the pagans do—with long lists, loud prayers, and repetition. Instead, first, we come to God and minister to Him. Our focus must be on Him and not on ourselves.
Luke 11:1-2c NKJV
Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Jesus said, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but Spirit gives birth to spirit.” Yet, I’ve been guilty of praying in the flesh until I wore myself out. We stop praying when we don’t see results.
Every believer wants to pray and see God move, but we are not to come to God like the pagans do—with long lists, loud prayers, and repetition (Mt 6:7-8). Instead, first, we come to God and minister to Him (Luke 17:7-8, Acts 13:2). Our focus must be on Him and not on ourselves (Mt 6:22).
When I come to God and just love Him, sing songs and rejoice in Him, it is then that He draws me into His presence and it is after that I pray and God answers.
In this model prayer, Jesus taught His disciples the first step in petitioning prayer is to minister to the Lord until we are no longer in the flesh but are drawn into the Spirit and experience His presence.
I sometimes begin in the marketplace of Jerusalem—worldly and fleshly. Looking around, I begin seeking the Lord in His holy place. I make my way to the Temple road and begin the descent into the Valley of Bethesda. If necessary, I must go to the Pool there and be healed in the House of Grace (John 5:1-4, Lev 21:17-20). From there, I ascend to the Mount singing the Songs of Ascent until blessings flow from my mouth as I stand at His gates.
There, we shout joyfully to the Lord! We serve the Lord with gladness and come before Him with singing, we enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, giving thanks to Him and blessing His name (Psalm 100:1-5).
Like a child, we begin by singing and dancing before Him. We seek fellowship with the Almighty. His Presence is felt here—but there is so much more. God hears and answers prayer in this place (1 Ki 9:3).
My goal though is to go deeper. It is to run past the outer courts and into the Holy place, to enter into the veil and to climb in His lap like a child and love Him—to rest my head against His chest and hear His heartbeat—to quiet my soul until our hearts beat as one and I am breathing in the breath of God (John 15:7).
Lord God, Father, nothing I desire compares to You (Ps 73:25). If I have You, I have all that I really need. You are my Source, my Provider, my Healer, my Deliverer and my Redeemer. Father, You are the Lover of my soul (Rom 5:8); You are Good and Your mercy endures forever (Ps 100:5); You are faithful and true (Rev 19:11); You are my Rock! You are just and holy in all Your ways, righteous and upright (Dt 32:4). I put my trust in You. Be exalted Oh God! Be exalted over all the earth!
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.