A Man Praying

Teach Yourself The Intimacy Of Prayer

When I talk to different people about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they look at me like I just sprouted a horn on my forehead.

When some things come easy to you, don’t assume everyone else understands how it goes. For example, when I tell many friends who are not born-again Christians to pray to Jesus, they casually respond that they do go to church, or say their rosary, etc.

In fact one recently called me to excitedly announce he now prays regularly as I had previously suggested. I told him how proud I was of his achievement but as we talked further, I realised he meant he had started attending church on Sunday! Two different things.

Prayer is simply holding a conversation with God, as per various references in the Bible. It can be asking of Him, thanking Him, repenting, intercession, etc. The Bible does not specify that praying has to be done in church alone, or only on your knees, for that matter.

As long as we go to God with a pure heart and in Jesus’ name, He answers us. And to each of us comes a different kind of grace. If I delved into all the places, positions, dress codes (or lack of any) and tones people have testified as having used to talk to God in prayer and received answers, this space would not be enough.

Bottom line is, when you feel the conviction to pray, just open your mouth and start talking to the omni-present God. Right there at your office desk, you can pray. On your sick bed, you can pray. When you are scared, you can voice your fears. When you are ecstatic, go to Him in thanksgiving. Even in grief, you can weep on God’s shoulder.

The renowned Apostle Smith Wigglesworth, who ministered in great power during the first half of the 20th century, was reportedly asked how long he prayed and he famously responded:

“Well, I don’t ever pray any longer than twenty minutes…but I never go twenty minutes without praying.”

We can never run out of things to tell God. So, pray in church and outside church. One man of God once taught that prayer causes prayer. The more you pray, the more you supernaturally cause other people to pray for you.