Throughout the history of the Church, from the beginning of history in the garden of Eden, through the times of the judges, prophets, apostles and now modern times, prayer has always been fundamental for our relation to God. We are part of his covenant, a personal friendship between us and our Father. We must continue to communicate through prayer with the One who so carefully crafted us and chose us to be His own.
We know we must pray, yet often we fail to do so consistently. We all know the calling to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17), yet we rarely do so. With this problem arises a question: How do we pray?
As we come before our covenant God in prayer, we must come with a Christian attitude of humility. We must come with an open heart before our God, imploring His grace. We need Him for our very existence. We know He will provide our daily bread and listen to us when we pray. He “will never leave nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). God is exalted above all, exalted above the heavens, yet He bows down His ear to us and looks upon us in grace. It is because of the Lord’s grace that we are here today, and because of His loving act of choosing us as His own that we have the ability to come to Him in prayer.
As we come to God with an attitude of humility, exalting Him above all, we must hold ourselves in a way that is reverent towards His name. Whether this be folding your hands and closing your eyes to remove yourself from the ever present distractions, or even holding out your arms and looking up to heaven, we must come reverently towards His throne of grace. He will hear the prayers of His children as they rise up to him. He will hear and answer each and every request we make. Come to God reverently as He is our Father and King, the One who created us each “fearfully and wonderfully” (Ps. 39:14), and in His eternal counsel has chosen us as His own. We, finite creatures that we are, He has chosen for His own! How could we not come before him in prayer with great reverence?
We must remember that it is not our ability to pray that determines the status of the prayer, but rather the Christian attitude of humility towards our God for His grace and love that we experience all throughout our lives. Prayer arises our of humility and reverence toward God our Father. And prayer also leads us to deeper humility and reverence before Him. God our Father surely hears those who humbly and reverently come to Him in prayer.
Alex Van Uffelen