Help & encouragement for prayerphobics

I think some people refuse to pray, not because they think God isn’t real, but because, deep down they believe He might be. That could be frightening for them.

Sometimes people pray for a miracle and then try to explain it away when it happens. Why not accept your miracle with gratitude? It’s safe to express your heart openly and honestly to God. It’s also healing and insightful.

Self-focus blurs the meaning of life. Christ-focus brings it clearly into view. The primary purpose of prayer is not to understand God or to get things from Him, but to personally connect with Him.

Prayer is like breathing. It doesn’t require instructions and you can do it thru out the day no matter where you are. However, words spoken to God, without a heart that’s open to God, are only a “form of godliness” without power. When your heart prays, powerful words will follow. When your mind alone prays, your heart is unmoved.

Prayer is connecting with Jesus. Teaching is being told about Him. Too often modern Christians are taught, but not connected. Prayer isn’t something you “say.” Prayer is spending time interacting with the living Jesus — personally hanging out with Him. Genuine prayer and faith are great ways to jettison worry.

Prayer needs no building, no preacher, no liturgy, no songs, no sacrament, no “service,” no offering, no sermon. Just do it. Lord Jesus, please give peace to everyone who is worried and hope to those who are discouraged.

There is healing in verbally expressing your heart, but people often want you to hush. God doesn’t! Tell Him what’s on your heart. Sometimes people think that a person is listening to them, but he isn’t. Sometimes people think God isn’t listening, but He is. I can usually tell if I’m talking and no one is listening. However, when I pray, I never feel like no one is listening.

The more you hear and do what God tells you to, the more you learn to trust His inner promptings. The way to grow spirituality isn’t just to sit thru religious programs, but to surrender to Jesus who says, “I am the way.”

Pay attention to God. To stop praying is to ignore the Bible which says, “Pray without ceasing.” Awareness of and interaction with God need never stop. For me, talking with the risen Jesus is encouraging, comforting, and exciting.

Don’t wait for an audience before you tell others what God has put in your heart. Share it now and let God decide who needs to hear it.

If Christians begin to meet with reliance on the present-day activity of the risen Jesus, rather than on a program, we’ll see miracles. Hearing a sermon about following Christ isn’t the same as actually following and obeying the risen Jesus.

A talk about following Jesus is like a talk about laughter. It’s much more powerful to do it than to hear a lecture about it. Many “church services” have quite a bit of singing, a few announcements, and a lot of one person’s teaching, but very little very little opportunity to listen to and to talk to the living Jesus.

Are you willing to hear God speak a word that goes against your own desires, feelings, and opinions? Few are willing to do that.

When the Light of Christ begins to sparkle in your heart, life blasts off into joy unspeakable. Search for: The Joy of Early Christianity.

Corona virus has gripped the consciousness of the world. Now, Jesus, grab our awareness with Your presence!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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