Reason #4: My Motives Stay Pure
It isn’t hard for me to find words to say to God. There’s always something that I need or want for me or for someone else. That’s not difficult at all. But that’s not what I want from my life of prayer. I don’t want time with him to be just about a “grocery list” of all of the items I’d like God to take off the shelf just for me and those I love.
I appreciate that I have the Holy Spirit to help direct my life of prayer. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that he takes over and prays for me. Instead, I choose to allow him to direct my prayer life. With that empowerment, I am able to pray according to God’s perfect will for my life and not just what I think, feel, and want from my own human nature.
Let’s face it. We all have times that we are certain that we know what’s best for us. We pray that we will see the fulfillment of that fruit that we’ve plucked from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil rather than the Tree of Life. Romans 8:26 says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (NLT)
In my life of prayer, I spend each day in connection with God. That’s why I didn’t use the term “prayer life.” For me, it’s more than just a portion of my day that I set aside. I have that time, too, but it doesn’t stay in the prayer closet, so to speak. My life of prayer involves conversation with God, talking to him about my life, speaking to him in the Spirit, listening for his response, and knowing he’s with me through every step of the day. I get to spend my day with my best friend. It doesn’t get any better than that!