Is it time to make God the focus of our prayer lives again?

I’ve had quite a stressful week and so I was looking forward to homegroup last night as an opportunity to share and to receive prayer.

We had a great conversation about Mark 5 and part of our discussion was about the miracles that Jesus did. We read about a chronically ill woman who touched the edge of Jesus’ robe and was healed and how Jesus raised a young girl from the dead.

If you are interested you can read more of my thoughts about this passage in She was so important but we don’t know her name or Who does Jesus value most, the community leader or the outcast? Mark 5.21-43

As we finished talking about the Bible and got to the prayer bit I found myself saying ‘perhaps we should pray about what we had been reading rather than listing and then praying for the needs that we have’.

Now I need to confess that sometimes when my mouth speaks before my brain is engaged I end up in real trouble but this was a real God moment!!

As we prayed and thanked Jesus for his miracles, for the example of the faith of the woman who reached out to Jesus and that nothing is too difficult for God my faith was lifted.

I was longing to tell people of the burdens that I am carrying but instead I was reminded rationally, spiritually and emotionally that God is greater and more powerful than my burdens.

I could have talked at length and we could have said a quick prayer and I might have felt better in myself but instead I connected with God in a fresh way that enabled me to put my faith in Him afresh for some difficult situations.

The prayer wasn’t about telling God what was the matter, it was about seeing more clearly who he is.

Ironically, I’m left wondering when did our prayer times stop being about God?

When did the emphasis switch from him to us?

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying that we shouldn’t ever share and pray for specific needs but I am left wondering whether we need to regain a better balance in our prayer lives.

Is it time to make God the focus of our prayer lives again?

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to Is it time to make God the focus of our prayer lives again?

  1. chrisssy says:

    Thank you soooo much for this I really needed to hear this I’ve been allowing the enemy to suck me dry of joy and made me dry spiritually, focused on my burdens my family and the sickness and problems leaving me with a heavy spirit and realised that I had forgot to praise god everyday for the amzing love he gives and all that he hs done for us
    The enemy is after our joy nothing else really and when his got that our strength goes so I c a nt thank you enough for sharing this god bless you in Jesus name

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