One of the biggest struggles Christians face is prayer time. Of course, this is only my opinion, but based on my experiences and conversations with friends — prayer feels awkward. We stumble over words, tripping out statements that feel forced. While most Christian leaders encourage you to simply “talk” to God, have a conversation the way you would with a friend, that’s easier said than done.
On Sunday, I published Part 1 of 3D Prayers, and we talked about Length, or praying without ceasing. Read (or re-read) Sunday’s blog here. Yesterday, I posted Part 2… giving our prayers breadth, or making sure they are comprehensive. Read (or re-read) yesterday’s blog here. The third and final installment for 3D Prayers is about giving our prayers depth.
DEPTH: There’s more to prayer than just talking!
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “superficial,” meaning without substance or depth. Our prayers must have that added depth.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore! ~1 Chronicles 16:11
This verse reminds us that prayers aren’t just about us. It’s not an activity that is based on only us doing the talking. Prayers are a method of communication. We are talking to God our Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf. Imagine having a friend who comes to you and talks, but never lets you get a word into the conversation.
When we don’t let God have an opportunity to talk back, our prayers have lost that third dimension.
Our prayers have to have an element of listening. We listen when we make Bible reading a part of our day… it’s God’s written word to us and through it, we are able to know Him better. We are able to understand who He is, and what His plans are.
And if we get to know God through His word, we’ll begin to hear the whispers on our heart.
When prayers feel one-sided, it’s time to stop talking and let God in on the conversation.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ ~Jeremiah 33:3
So… 3D prayers are entirely possible and are the foundation of your relationship with Christ. To sum up:
- Pray without ceasing
- Make your prayers comprehensive
- Give your prayers depth by taking time to listen