Have you ever thought about how strange it is that we have a voice in our head? We can have a full conversation with ourselves!
It is not always easy to pray. In fact, in this fallen world it is almost unnatural to pray. We are so focused on ourselves and we have so many different thoughts we are talking through every single day. To take the time to pause and direct our speech to God has to be intentional.
A Unique Connection
This voice is only one aspect of the complex design of human beings. God did not create us to operate outside of Himself; He equipped us with a unique connection by which we can reach Him at anytime, anywhere.
Prayer is absolutely essential to our walk with God. It is by prayer that we discover that the Creator of the Universe not only hears our voice, but cares about what we say.
“Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 4:1
There is a misconception that when we talk to God, we must simply tell Him what He wants to hear. Repentance, thanksgiving, praise. All of these things are vital to a prayer life, however, something is missing.
Why tell God about what He already knows?
Here is the kicker- God already knows our thoughts! He knows them before we say them. Prayer is about forming and deepening our relationship with Christ by being transparent about who we are and how we are struggling.
Avoid the trap of thinking “God already knows how I feel, so why should I tell him?” This only creates distance between God and us, and our feelings tend to fester when we deal with them on our own.
When we are feeling defeated, helpless, abandoned, heart-broken, enraged, confused- the Lord is waiting patiently to hear our cry so that we might find comfort in Him.
He wants us to choose Him and sort through our mess by His strength. We are acknowledging our weakness and fighting the temptation to think that we are enduring trials on our own. We are never alone. We have a helper. A refuge. A strong tower. A shelter.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26
Power in Weakness
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he tells them what the Lord said to him regarding his struggle against conceit: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9
Paul concludes “For the sake of Christ, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:10
We must use the voice in our head to connect with the Lord not in spite of the things that make us feel far from Him, but because of those things. Our God hears us and He can handle our anger, frustration, and weakness.