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Praying Anywhere, Anytime, and About Anything!

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

– James 4:8

I use to read James 4:8 and would wonder inside, “Wow, James first tells me to draw near to God and then He will draw near to me and then he beats me over the head and yells that I am a sinner who needs a clean heart. That’s not very nice in trying to get me to pray!”
But now the closer I am getting to Jesus the more I see the beauty of James 4:8. The closer that I get to the Lord the more I see just how sinful I am before Him. By sinful I don’t mean that I am abiding in sin but I realize just how perfect He is and how far I am from being that perfect. I realize that I am imputed with Christ’s righteousness through faith in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9) yet I still hear His call to holiness. No doubt the call of God is to perfection (Matthew 5:48; 2 Corinthians 13:11) but I see in His presence that there is none holy like the Lord (1 Samuel 2:2). As Moses prayed, “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11).
Yet the simplicity of prayer is that God wants us to draw near to Him despite the fact that He is so holy and pure. He actually wants me to draw near to Him and as I do, He promises that He will draw near to me. His presence reveals my sins and exposes my need for a clean heart that only He can grant (1 John 1:9). No one is able to cleanse their heart apart from God’s grace and Spirit (Romans 3:10-11). Only the blood of Jesus is able to cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:7; cf. Ephesians 1:7). It seems that often I have found when I enter into a sweet time of prayer that the first thing that the Holy Spirit does is He reveals to me what sins I need to confess. This purifying from the Spirit allows me to draw closer to the Lord (Psalm 24:3-6).
Confessing sin opens a wide door for prayer. I can pray anywhere, anytime, and about anything. There is no limit to prayer except that prayer must be based on the infallible Word of God (1 John 5:13-14). Jesus said that we can ask anything in His name (John 14:13-14). Yes Jesus said that we can pray about anything. Prayer in of itself is not powerful apart from the God who hears our prayers (Psalm 65:2) and who alone can answer our prayers according to His will (Matthew 7:7-11).
Is it any wonder then that God would then tell His Church to devote themselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2) and to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus said that we ought always to pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). Paul wrote to the Romans that they were to be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12). He told the Romans in fact to strive with him in prayer to God the Father on his behalf (Romans 15:30). Paul understood that when we draw near to God and He draws near to us, there is no limit to what our God is able to do!
So I pray. I pray in my bed. I pray in my car. I pray in my truck at work. I pray while I am unloading the food out of the truck to our customers. I pray in the shower. I pray while I ride my mountain bike. I pray when I blog. I believe in prayer because I believe in the God who hears and answers prayer. I have seen Him answer my prayers and I believe that there is nothing that my God cannot do for those who have faith in Him (Matthew 9:28-29).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/10/2010 at 9:38 AM

Posted in Prayer

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