Today’s Scripture: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13

When you pray, how do you view God? Consider it for a moment. What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you think about your relationship with Him? You may view Him as a judge and fear His anger. In response, you hold back from Him and have a perpetual feeling of heavy guilt. On the other hand, you may think of Him as impersonal and neglect seeking Him for guidance or help because He feels so far away.

Both perspectives are the opposite of what God desires in His relationship with us. Knowing more about the One to which we are prayings will have a profound impact on our prayer lives. When we pray to God, we need to know that we are praying to our loving Father. It is evident through Scripture that He wants what is best for us. He desires to bless us more than I want to bless my kids and my grandkids…now that’s a lot of blessing!

While here on earth, Jesus took time apart to pray. He would bring everything before His Father. It was a genuine heart felt communication, not a show or memorized rhetoric. If Jesus spent time in fellowship with God, how much more do we need to spend time communing with Him? God does not want a memorized prayer any more than an earthly father would like a memorized, robotic, “I love you.” He wants it to come from our hearts. The Christian life is all about our relationship with God. So, we should not look for a formula to follow but rather seek for passion in our prayer lives.

Today, remember to make your prayer personal. It is not the position of your eyelids or your knees that matters to your Heavenly Father; it is all about the position of your heart.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.