This Devotional is part of our “Can’t Quarantine the Gospel” series where members of the church are contributing morning Quiet times during this time of Social Distancing. Today is Day 2 of our series. Any of the Devotionals can be read as a stand alone quiet time. You can see more devotionals here
Only a Prayer Away
By: Rick Velez
While reading the book of Thessalonians, a scripture stood out to me.
1 Thess. 5:16-18 “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Do I pray continually? Do I always give thanks in all circumstances? Do I pray enough?
Is prayer my first response or my last resort?
When I’m in desperate need, when I’m frightened from a health concern or pulled out of my comfort zone, I easily, quickly go to prayer. “Help, Lord!”
Is how I pray or what I pray for important?
Sometimes I can be legalistic and feel that if I pray on my knees maybe God will hear me better. I know that’s not true. But it makes me feel closer to God. Pleading with him letting him know what’s on my heart at the time. The reality is that there are no rules on what position our body must be in when we talk to God as long as we come in humility.
Spreading hands out (2 Chron. 6:13b)
“He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.”
Kneeling (Eph. 3:14)
“For this reason I kneel before the Father,”
Standing (Luke 18:10-13)
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
Lying face down (Matt. 26:39)
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
The above are all mentioned in the Bible as positions for prayer.
The most important thing about praying is to do it, with a sincere heart.
Phil. 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Whether we kneel or stand before God, whether we lift our hands heavenward or close our eyes so we can better focus on God—it is not the posture of our body, but of our heart that is important. Everything we do “flows from [our heart]” (Prov.4:23). When we pray, may our hearts always be bowed in adoration, gratitude, and humility to God, for we know that His eyes are “open and [His] ears attentive to the prayers” of His people (2 Chron. 6:40).
What’s on your mind? Thanks or burdens? Whatever it is, your loving God wants to hear your heart.
With everything going on right now, God’s is only a prayer away.
Q: How is your prayer life? Do you love it or does is feel “forced”? Is it first response or last resort?
Q: What are the most ideal circumstances for you to have a great time of prayer?
Q: Does it change your mentality going into prayer knowing that a connection with God is literally “one prayer away”? That the breakthrough you need may be one prayer away?
Q: How would your life be different if your daily prayer life was the most exciting part of your day?
Reflect on the following passage for 1 minute, what does this mean for your prayer life?
1 Peter 5:7b: “He cares for you”
Challenge: Take some time now to do the A.C.T.S prayer
A – Adoration (Just let God know how much you love him and worship him)
C – Confession (time to humbly confess your short comings)
T– Thanksgiving (let God know what you are thankful for)
S – Supplication (Way you would like to ask God for his help)