One of my favor Bible Quiz questions is, “What is Prayer?” The answer, “Prayer is talking to God.” Profound, simple and accurate! But, when we “talk to God,” who is talking? What I’m asking is how do you sound when you talk to God? Do you sound like a beggar or a bride? Do you consider your personal relationship with the One you are talking to when you pray? In other words, do you sound like a victim or like a son or daughter? Are you praying “functional” prayers or “relational” prayers?
Author and speaker, Graham Cooke, describes functional prayer with an example. He states, “A functional prayer is, “Lord, could You give me strength so I can do this?” Now listen to the difference in Graham’s example of a “relational” prayer: “Lord…come and BE my strength so that You can do this through me.” Do you discern the difference?
Listen, there is a multitude of types and styles of prayer! Any prayer that comes from a humble heart is pleasing and acceptable! But the relational prayer is the prayer that invites a unique partnership with God. Relational prayer initiates the invitation for God to come into your low place and together, you walk it out into a higher place. But, it is in this relationship that God teaches and reveals something of Himself. You are saying to God, “I want and need Your help, but I know You want to teach me something in the process. Ok. Let’s do this Your way. Let’s do this together.”
Who are you when you talk to God?