We are called to prayer many times in the gospels. “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1) “Persevere in prayer…”(Colossians 4:2) Jesus taught us the model prayer, The Our Father, in Mathew 6:9-13. As children of God, we are called to have regular talks with our Father. Prayer talks.
Prayer is a creative act bringing forth communication, communion and conversion.
Prayer begins with communication, which we must initiate. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)It involves both talking and listening. A dialogue. A sharing. To communicate is to be connected. It creates intimacy.
As the first words of prayer are spoken, we step into the presence of God. It’s His gift of communion. A place to be loved, accepted, and secure. A place to learn something of God’s thoughts. It’s where we can perceive His heart, receive His direction, and bask in His mercy and forgiveness. Indeed, it is a place of grace!
Finally, the outcome of this creative act of prayer is the grace of conversion; a converting, a turning, a transforming. We may turn from sinful ways after receiving God’s forgiveness. Perhaps our mood is transformed for that day. Our viewpoint changed by coming to know God’s thoughts. Our own heart can be changed toward someone by perceiving God’s heart toward them. By prayer we are progressively transformed toward Christlikeness. Prayer should change us through the grace of conversion.
Get creative! Pray! Revel in God’s gifts of communication, communion, and conversion.