In this series, we have asked the members of Freshley staff to choose a verse close to their heart and write on what they believe God is saying through it.
“And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever and will cast their crowns before the throne saying, ‘Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.’” [Revelation 4:9-11]
I’LL SAY IT
Has prayer ever been dull to you? If you’re like me, sometimes when I get alone to pray, I get distracted and find it awfully difficult to focus in prayer for more than five minutes. Then I keep asking myself why I’m doing that, and then I get a mixture of annoyance and a little guilt because prayer is supposed to be a way I can get to know God. In this blog, I want to propose a perspective shift.
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE TALKING TO?
The perspective change I want to offer comes in the form of a question: Do you know who you are talking to? When we pray, we are talking to God. The same God who created everything, the same God who parted the Red Sea, and the same God who rose Jesus from the dead. Actually think about this. We get to talk to this God. Not only do we get to talk to Him, He WANTS us to talk to Him. This is crazy! This is such an awesome privilege and opportunity!
When I am faced with distraction during prayer, I turn to a certain passage in scripture. Revelation 4 describes the throne room in Heaven. It’s absolutely wild. John writes that “out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder.” I want to challenge you to set apart some time, read this chapter, and then pray while realizing that you have access to this powerful God depicted in Revelation 4.
The words in these verses show us the magnitude of the glory of God. They remind us of the true praise that God is worthy of. And it’s crazy because this same God worthy of the utmost glory wants to spend time with us. That’s the God who we get to pray to.
Actually recognizing who you are talking to when you pray creates not only focus, but even more of a desire to pray. If you want another passage of scripture to get your mind right before prayer, check out Exodus 34! I want to encourage you that your prayer life is one of the most important parts of your life. Here, battles are fought and won. Here, we get to receive freedom. Here, we get to know God.
Father, thank You for who You are. Thank You for allowing and wanting me to spend time with You. Bring me to know You deeply. Teach me who You are, I surrender to You. Amen.