I have a niece who is a tad bit ratchet. You know the type of girl who is in touch with her inner ghetto, and will pull that side out when the occasion arises (I must admit, I’m a tad bit ratchet myself). Well, one day we all were visiting my parents, her grandparents, and I guess my wife and daughter were extra cute because all I heard was, “YASSS! YOU BETTER WORK THAT …(hair, dress, shoes I’m not certain which) … YASSS!”
She always tickles me …
What she was saying was, that look works for you, so own it! Every now and again, we all need reminding that what we have and the gifts we posses are working. We often times forget, perhaps because we do it all the time, that it is working for us. So we need to own it! For me, that gift is prayer.
I’m the first to admit, I struggle with prayer. I’m not good at it. I don’t, in the least bit, consider myself to be a prayer warrior, because prayer is a labor for me. It is a discipline. In other words, I don’t do it because I particularly enjoy it; I do it because I know I need to, whether I feel the need or not. In the last couple of weeks have been reminded that my prayers work; that God sees, understands, and responds when I pray.
While I am not gifted in prayer, prayer is certainly a gift. It is access to Almighty God, that I’ve been given through favor. I’ve done no great deed, nor have I been so abundantly righteous, yet I have His attention whenever I desire. That, my friend, is an AWESOME gift. Prayer is a gift that God expects us to use, and use it often. Look at what Jesus said about being persistent in prayer:
He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’
“He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”
Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” (Luke 18:2-8, The Message)
Prayer works, if you work it. You don’t have to be particularly eloquent or even extraordinarily righteous. I struggle with prayer, mostly because I don’t always feel that I know what to say. But Jesus goes on to teach us that if we are humble and sincere in prayer,:
“Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’
“Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’”
Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” (Luke 18:10-14, The Message)
So let me encourage you. Prayer works for everyone who works it. Don’t let it intimidate you, because God wants to hear from you. In your prayer time, have faith that God hears, understands, and responds to your prayer, even when it doesn’t feel like it. So, as my niece would say, YASSS! YOU BETTER WORK IT!
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