Simplifying Prayer

Erik Cooper —  January 20, 2011 — 3 Comments

I’m shifting the focus of my prayers.

(Not like to another deity, don’t worry).

I’ve begun to notice a lot of “shoulds” infiltrating my conversations with God.  Should I choose this one or that one? Should we go there or stay here? Lots of complicated specifics. Should I? Shouldn’t I?

Not inherently bad prayers. God definitely cares about the specs.

But at times I feel like a bad meteorologist. I focus feverishly on trying to predict which way the wind is blowing, rather than just asking the Source of the wind to come alive inside of me.

Jesus said to pray:

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” –Matthew 6:10

Your kingdom come.

What if that became my foundational prayer? What if the kingdom Jesus talked about was lit as a fire inside of me? (Mat 3:11-12) What if rivers of living water began to originate from an internal Source? (John 7:38) What if God’s Kingdom really came, transforming me from the inside out?

Wouldn’t all these complicated little “should I?” or “shouldn’t I?” dilemmas just begin to flow naturally? Wouldn’t they be God-originated? Wouldn’t they be energized? Wouldn’t they be sustainable?

Too simple? What do you think?

3 responses to Simplifying Prayer

  1. I love this Eric. God has gifted you. He has used you many times to confirm things He has been revealing to me. I fall into those prayers too. Not bad prayers, but they leave me anxious many times. May His Kingdom come and live within us ordering our steps.

  2. I think you’re right on about regaining our focus. If we regain our focus then we will come alive. I know it is not Scripture, but I like Chris Tomlin’s lyric that says, “Let the glory of Your name be the passion of the Church, Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns.”

    Once Jesus Christ is our passion we will pray like He did and come alive with passion in the process! Great post!

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