Prayer takes us on a journey, beyond the four walls of our location. Beyond even the circumstances of our situation. Prayer advances through time with God, as He acts upon our request that may have been made 10, 20, even 50 years before.
We may be sleeping in His presence, or merely waiting with anticipation, but either way, He does not forget, nor does prayer die. Even when we stand in glorified bodies, speaking praise, and not bringing petitions, it will still be prayer. Like us, it will be converted from a request, to an answer, and a praise.
Prayer can be made in Tennessee, and cause a response half a world away. The act of prayer is not passive, nor is it a one way form of communication. God does not view prayer as something we ask, and He accomplishes.
He views it as a partnership, not because we in ourselves can make one hair white or black. Rather, because it is a journey, not just a conversation. We talk to Him, not out of our need, but out of our relationship. We may have a need, while in a relationship conversation, but we shouldn’t only come to Him when in need.
It’s not that He won’t answer even then, but because spending time with Him is what we speak. I’m a new Father, and I don’t know a lot, but I do know, when I talk to my son, he smiles at me. When he smiles at me, I feel like I’m on cloud nine.
He knows that I love him, and I know that he loves me. That makes all right with the world, no matter how good or bad my day has been. That is what prayer is designed to be. Our relationship with God is deepened in prayer, we are changed in prayer, circumstances are altered, and God’s power affects others in our prayer.
The first of the four is the most important, a deepened relationship. That is what I mean about prayer being a journey, taking us beyond ourselves, beyond where, and what we are. Beyond time, space, and our lifetimes, to the future, by The Finger Of God!