Wednesday, April 17, 2013


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Have you tasted real prayer? 
You come in scared, weak and confused and that's okay cause He holds you even right at the door and welcomes you in like a child, asking even before you step in what food or drink you will be needing for your soul.

Sometimes it's not about the food but you just want to talk with your Father. You know, just talk about how it can all get so overwhelming and ask Him if He can embrace you just one more time to remind you that He and all He's done is real. 

Sometimes you lay back your head on his bosom only to wake up. He's gone but you are strong. As you get ready to leave, you hear a voice whisper into your ear : I'm with you. You turn but there's no one. You feel strong, confident and focused. This was not the way you came in and it okay to go now.

This is prayer.
It leaves you stronger than you came in
There's clarity to move forward
Don't leave that place until the Light goes before you

This is prayer
Maybe why we don't really pray is because we have a thing for stumbling around in the darkness.
Maybe why we don't come back because of the boredom we faced the last time is cause we came strong and sufficient
I have learnt to come to the river with my biggest jars even when the whole house is full of water
I have learnt to visit the king remembering nothing is my own
Come needy
If you don't need a thing you need a knowing
A knowing of the most important things in life
Come weak
If you feel strong, wrestle at the door and ask him to leave you with a limp so you can depend more on Him.
Come scared
Cause the best prayers are an exchange
Fear for faith
Grumblings for thanksgiving
Weakness for strength
Confusion for clarity

A little one of mine in Sunday school once asked me: uncle, how long do we have to spend in the place of prayer?
I opened the bible then and quoted a lot of verses of different people who prayed and 'how long it took them'.

If I were to answer now this I would say: till the mountains become a place you can tread upon gracefully little one.
Till the fear in your heart concerning that issue you're praying about dissolves at the entrance of overcoming faith.
Till you are strong enough to take down that Goliath don't stop praying dear.

Most of all if we remember the scaffolding for prayer, that beneath whatever method you choose, be it speaking in tongues, screaming till the neighbors bang on your on door and tell you to shut it up or whispering liturgies from an old worn out book over and over, that the scaffolding used in building the house of prayer is to communicate with the Source of Life, to speak to Him and most of all hear from him about the life he gives, how he's navigating the world, what boat He currently wants us on and how we can avoid the storms or go through the necessary ones, I think we will pray more. I also think we will see that prayer that is not to a personal God (or that is to a God who claims not to be near or not to ever have known your name ) is worthless.

Drop the big definitions. Drop the flamboyant styles and what your mother said you must believe.
If prayer is best described as a connection who is your prayers connecting you to?
When last did you hear him call your name?
Cause somehow that's the whole essence.

Question of the Day

Can prayer exist without a God who is interested in you personally? Shoot! I would love to hear your thoughts.


  1. In the past couple of years I've learned that I can never be too strong in the presence of my Father. The scripture that has helped me realize how true this post is >> "in our weakness His strength is made perfect." That's what God wants to be to us, our strength. Our Rock. Our very present help in time of need. So I have no reason to present a falsified sense of strength in His presence when I know that without Him I am nothing.

    1. @Jennifer A. "In our weakness His strength is made perfect" I like to think this is cause the King of kings, the I am that I am doesn't want his glory to be shared with anyone or anything. Thanks for bringing that scripture to focus :)

  2. I just love to pray. It's like magic-the calm assuredness. I don't get to pray enough since I stay alone and sleep can easily carry me when I start;thank God for corporate prayers.

    1. Such an honest and transparent current Osisiye. But have been thinking, what unique benefits do corporate and private prayers have to offer respectively?



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