This morning, I read through a prayer I had written down a few months ago in my prayer journal. The words scribbled on the page were a sweet combination of my honest heart and God’s words, which I had read, and prayed back to Him that day.
“Father, what does it mean to fix my heart on you? As a wife? As a business owner? As a follower of you? Psalm 62 shows me that I am to wait, in silence, for you - to quiet my soul from distractions and seek you alone. Having you as my rock and salvation means that as hard times come, I will not be shaken.”
I remember that day being a particularly challenging one, with distractions and responsibilities hovering over my work and family life. Amidst all the chaos, I knew I needed to come to my Father and ask for His wisdom, His help, and His presence through it all.
This month, as we talk more about prayer, it’s crucial to address the very definition of prayer - What is prayer, exactly?
I see prayer as sweet communion with my Father (communion being the sharing of my intimate thoughts and feelings with God, and Him sharing His heart with me through His holy Word and Holy Spirit). It’s the very character of God that makes this communion so sweet to serve, and have an intimate relationship with a God who encompasses love (1 John 4:8) and trustworthiness (1 Timothy 4:9-10). As a believer in Christ, I always have access to my Heavenly Father (Ephesians 2:18), and can approach Him with confidence (Ephesians 3:12).
I also see prayer as the most beautiful way to give thanks and praise to my Father, the Creator of all. In James 1:17, I am reminded that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. That means - all my relationships, all the physical things of this world that are ‘mine’, every opportunity, every experience, and even every trial and heartache that teaches me about life - it all comes from Him. I choose to give thanks, daily, for everything God has given me. But ultimately, I am drawn to giving thanks for God Himself, for He alone is my ultimate treasure. He is good, and His love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34).
And what of this confidence we have, as we approach the throne of grace? It means that we can make requests and ask for God’s help! God hears our prayers, and He always answers them according to His will (1 John 5:14). His desire is for us to choose Him, and in choosing Him, we willingly choose the life He has designed for us.
Pretty amazing, right?
I love knowing that I am loved dearly by my Father, that I have a life ahead of me that’s perfectly designed by Him, and that my words are always heard, and answered, by the One who loves me the most.
KACIE FEENEY is the founder of Persimmon Prints and lives in the Chicago area with her husband of 3 years. They have two malt-poo pups, Lucy & Rosey. You can connect with her & Persimmon on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.