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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen we pray, do we expect God to respond? I don’t always. I certainly didn’t used to.
I grew up in a Christian family. It was pretty normal to pray before dinner, give thanks for my family when I went to bed, that kind of thing. I supposed that sort of normalised praying every day. I can still remember thinking at some point though, ‘Does God ever talk back?’
Prayer is more than just a form of meditation. In the Christian faith, prayer isn’t simply a way to express our thoughts or to gain clarity on our inner being. Christians believe that prayer actually changes things – little, everyday things as well as the big stuff.
When I think about my day-to-day life, the thing that has the most impact is prayer. What do I mean?
I mean that if I pray when I am in my car on the way into work then my day will go better than if I hadn’t. The other day I had a presentation that I had forgotten about until my manager reminded me just after I arrived in the office. I got into the meeting room a few minutes before everyone else and I prayed. I invited the presence of the Lord (God) into that meeting room.
Not only was I then able to put together the presentation slides in almost-record time, but the presentation went remarkably well. I felt inspired to deliver it in a particular way, and to say certain things in it. It turned out that just before I was about to stand up and present, my Managing Director walked in. I didn’t know he was going to be there, but he was! He was impressed by the presentation, how prepared my slides were (!) and the way I delivered it, as well as the passion with which I spoke. Off the back of that presentation my manager was so impressed she gave me more responsibilities within the team. I don’t think that would have happened if I hadn’t prayed beforehand.
I suppose there are two responses to prayer that I see in my own life. I’m gonna call these a response and an answer.
A response would be where there is a conversational response from God. This might be an audible voice or in a vision or a dream. This happens a lot to people in the Bible, but maybe not so much in our lives. Another way could be a Scripture coming into your mind at a particular moment. Jesus said that this was one way that God would communicate to us by the Holy Spirit: He would remind Jesus’ followers of the things He had said. Jesus said that His sheep would hear His voice. If we are His sheep then it makes sense to practice this.
A practical suggestion is to remember to read the Bible. It sounds obvious, but it’s so easy to not do it! In the Bible we are reminded that ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’ As we build our faith by reading and listening to God’s Word, we become accustomed to hearing His voice.
The other way God responds to prayer is to answer by granting our requests. Sometimes this happens in ways we don’t expect, or at times when we are not looking for it.
I have so many answered prayers in my day-to-day life (at work, at home, when I’m out and about), that it is difficult to remember them all. The main problem I have is to remind myself to give thanks after having a prayer answered.
One other time that prayer was answered in my life was when I was on holiday. Me and my friend had gone for a bike ride on a very hot day, and we had not brought enough water. We were getting towards the top of a very tall hill. I hadn’t even prayed, but my friend had. I had just very much wanted water. When I got to the top of the hill, my friend had gone ahead of me. He was sitting above some steps, and sitting next to him were two, 1.5-litre bottles of water – completely sealed!
God loves answering prayer. Why don’t you pray to Him about the challenges and struggles you are facing today? Maybe you don’t pray. Start. Ask for His help. Thank Him for what He has already done. You will find that your list of things to be thankful for just keeps on growing.
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