Prayer is an act of celebration!
Let me explain: When truly understood, prayer is the carrier of our faith bringing forth a request from God’s Word which can not be denied. (Something worth celebrating!)
I recall in my younger spiritual years, prayer was much like a pleading act. I would come to God with my mind (and try to act) as “clean and pure” as humanly possible–I thought God would hear me better and pity me, therefore acknowledging me. But as I would begin to pray (really it was more of a plea than a prayer), I would find myself remembering how “not so” clean and pure my life really was and I’d lose my self worth. My voice would become shaky and I’d walk away feeling as if I failed once again.
Little did I know that my faith alone, whether it was ginormous or as tiny as a mustard seed, pleased God!
In other words, before any person prays, they have to release a measure of faith. Without faith, we would never even attempt to ask God for anything. There are times though, when our faith is snatched right out from underneath us during prayer because we turn the focus from God unto us, focusing more on the magnitude of our unworthiness rather than the magnitude of our Father’s love.
You see, you’re faith was complete before you ever decided to pray because your faith is what compelled you to pray in the first place. Therefore, you believed and released your faith prior to coming to God. This is what makes prayer a celebration! Because at the point of going to God in prayer, we’ve already (even unknowingly) acknowledged that we have all we need to receive that which we are believing for!
My favorite saying is, “I believed, therefore I prayed.” We don’t pray to believe, we pray because we believe!
Don’t allow the enemy to trick you like he tricked me for so many years, making me think I had to have it all together to “earn” the privilege of standing before God. This is a lie! Focus on who God is and stand with assurance that He will honor His word. Hebrews 11:6 clearly states, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” So I’m here to remind you when your faith began–the day of your salvation. The day you were saved, it took faith to receive something your heart so desperately needed. At the time, we didn’t understand it all. But now we know faith compelled us to believe before we ever uttered a word in prayer!
So what am I saying? I’m saying if your’re being stirred to pray it’s because your faith has been confirmed with God’s Word and therefore it’s a time of CELEBRATION! Thank Him for what He’s done and praise Him for who He is! Psalm 100:4 instructs us to “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
Isn’t that easy?
So the next time you start to pray, make it a celebration! Rejoice because the actual victory came when you first decided to believe and pray.