One of the most necessary yet difficult things to teach young believers is in the area of prayer. Most know how to
intercede for others,
yet often miss what it is to truly “commune” with God and share that intimate fellowship that is so critical for the effective Christian walk.
It is a sacred place that once you enter, never want to leave; and when life pulls you away, there is always a desire to return.
It is a secret place, reserved for the Father and His child; the Bridegroom and His bride. A place for utterings that cannot be uttered.
Charles Spurgeon best described the way to enter this intimate place when he said that you must “pray til you can pray”. You have to pray until all the distractions of life dim and you are able to fully concentrate all of your mind to true prayer in its purest form.
Confession of sin in order to reconcile your relationship with God is of great importance, and then true worship is one element that seems often neglected in prayer times. It is a time of recognizing how marvelous and great our God is with an attitude of worship and praise. Thanksgiving is important, but there is a difference in thanking God and in praising Him for Who He is:
The Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient One.
Our Divine Creator.
The Giver of Life.
The Lord’s Prayer models this for us– “Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name…”
C. S. Lewis offered this explanation when he wrote, “It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men.”
This intimacy in prayer is like a food that is a delicacy. Until it is tasted, the flavor is unknown, but once it has satiated our palates, we desire it