Guest writer Nick Stead – theprayerplace.net
Who or what is your source of strength? This last year has brought unforeseen changes to the course of many people’s lives. What has pulled you through? Or are you still searching for a rock to cling to during these uncertain times?
Two years ago, I was at a festival where I gave away a wide variety of literature to help people with their spiritual wellbeing. A few weeks later I received an encouraging email from a yoga and meditation teacher, who wanted more of one of the titles that I’d given out. This is some of what they wrote about that booklet: “I have found it to be nothing but a source of strength and inspiration and I want to hand them out for others to enjoy … I cannot tell you how many times this little, yet powerful book has helped me.” That “little, yet powerful” booklet was all about prayer.
Prayer is personal; it’s relational. It’s not about a mindset or simply looking within, but it’s about a relationship with the One who created us and loves us still. Prayer can be as simple as chatting to our closest friend, or it can be as heartfelt as crying for help when all around you is changing like shifting sands.
Jesus wants passionate followers. Although He is often described as “meek and mild”, He once challenged a group of half-hearted individuals saying: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Revelation 3:15-16 NLT)
What is your spiritual temperature? Are you passionate about your spiritual growth? Jesus promises to reveal Himself to those who are eager to know Him. He encourages us to pray fervently: “’You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord,” (Jeremiah 29:13-14 NIV).
Jesus once told a story about a man who needed bread for a newly-arrived guest. So, he went to a friend’s house at midnight and kept knocking until his friend got out of bed and gave him what he wanted. How much more then will Jesus open the door of His heart to us, when we persevere in prayer, asking to know Him, who described Himself in this way:
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35 NIV)