My mother and I talk on the phone just about every day. Like clockwork, I dial her number as soon as I drop the little one off at school. One day she was in a frenzy. Something really set her off and it was probably something about my brother. After we talked, well after she talked, for about 25 minutes we ended our call. Throughout the conversation I tried to chime in with messages of encouragement and empathy, but she was just a “yappin.” Later that day she sent me a text message that said something like this: “I am sorry for unloading on you this morning, I didn’t even let you get a word in.” I actually didn’t think about it any further because I count it a blessing to have this type of close relationship with her. Although I’m used to it, and she does the same for me at times, it made me think about my prayer life. Many authors suggest that prayer is “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.” Others say, “A devout petition to God.” Now, I’m not a spiritual scholar, but I’d like to add a part B to this definition. Prayer is not only an act of requisition, but it is also communication with God and in order to communicate there must be two parties. Communication is defined as the impartation or the exchange of information or news. Hmmmm, “exchange.” Often times I find myself rambling at the feet of God with my petitions. When I finish praying, I jump up, and I either forget the “thing” that’s bothering me or I push it in the back of my mind and wait for God to fix it. Well lately I’ve been taking on a new approach. Since I believe that prayer is communicating with God, I have begun to wait for His response. Now this doesn’t mean that a strong booming voice is going to follow your prayers, but his word tells us, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14) In doing this, I find that my heart is indeed strengthened. I usually get up off of my knees with a sense of power from God. I feel more focused, more in tune than before. Even as I get up, I have a lingering worship on the inside that keeps my mind “stayed on Him.”
Thank You for being there whenever I need You. Thank You for always being willing to listen to my prayers. But Lord, help me to also realize that You may have a word for me and to slow down during my busy day to wait on Your soft and still voice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today, I EMPOWER you to take a step back and “slow down” during your prayer time with God. When your prayers are done, try laying in meditation, silently. He may speak to you, or He may quicken your spirit by providing more insight to what you were praying about. Even if you don’t receive insight right then, you are now more focused on the “fixer” of your problems as opposed to your problems. Isaiah spoke to God in Chapter 26:3 saying, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Growing in Prayer:
- When you pray, you establish faith. (Hebrews 11:6)
- Talk in your own language and style when praying, be yourself. (Matthew 6:7)
- Pray always, without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, John 15:7, Matthew 26:41)
- Just be willing, there is no “art” to praying. (Romans 8:26-27)
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6. She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.