Prayer is a miraculous blessing of God. It is something that I have done for years but still don't even come close to understanding. Even though I continue to study it and meditate on it at regular intervals prayer is a concept that leaves me in awe. Recently, as our church family has been learning about pray, I have also been considering elements of prayer.
PINE prayers are prayers that:
Put God where He belongs and me where I belong. They change my Perspective.
Reveal my Idols. What draws my attention away from my prayers to the living, loving God? Tada! My idols.
Reflect my truest Needs. This is easy to see when I attempt to pray without asking God for anything. This quickly shows how much I am compelled to ask God for -- forgiveness, strength to obey, words and attitudes to glorify Him and so on.
Honestly Express my heart. There is no need to sugarcoat my feelings. Even the ones no one else sees, God fully knows. Prayer is not a show for others or an act to impress God. It is a gift of a Creator to His Creators who PINE for Him.
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.