This past Sunday I visited, Valley View Baptist Church, Nashville, TN, where my son, Matthew, serves as pastor. I do not think it was chance that the Sunday School lesson and the sermon was on prayer, for God orchestrates such things that way. There was much discussion on prayer but the thing that is key to our making application to learning is in someone holding us accountable to what we have learned. The teacher began the lesson by asking, "How many of you (some 30 individuals) practiced what we talked about last week, meaning getting on their knees or prostrating before God? Will anyone share their experience?"
There was ONE. Does that mean that only one practiced their lesson, or was it that only one was brave enough to respond? Interesting. However, the basic response was that it was an humbling experience and that they felt closer to God because of it.
As we moved to worship, Brother Matt, talked about using ACTS of prayer as a guide when we pray: Adoration to God, Confession of our sin, Thanksgiving for forgiveness for our sin and other things that God has done, which then prepares us for Supplication when we intercede for others.
My favorite verse is from the passage in 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land."
How do you go before our Almighty God, the one who hold creation in his hands. The scripture says that we should humble ourselves before him. Have you ever knelt or prostrated yourself before God? Have there been times that there were issues in your life that God was the only answer. While God wants us to have a father/child relationship we still should humble ourselves before him. I agree with my friend in the class that getting on my knees helps me to get myself out of the way so that God can speak. When we seek God whole heartedly, humbling ourselves before him, turing from our selfish, wicked ways, then we open the doors of communication, we remove hidden roadblocks, we make a way for God to heal and bless us. Do you need to be blessed? Go on your knees to the feet of Jesus.
I know that prayer is very personal, but maybe you have a place where you can slip away and talk to God or a way that you humble yourself to God, that you would be so bold as to share? Did you try going to Jesus on your knees? I'd love to hear from you.