Prayer reflects the heart of the one who prays; prayer reveals what God needs to accomplish in our own lives perhaps even more than what we are asking God to do in others.
As prayer is a mirror that reveals our hearts towards the Lord, let us take some time to examine where our hearts are before Him. Let us consider Job, Jonah, and Habakkuk to see what our prayers tell us about our relationship with our Savior.
Job – Job started out strong but slowly began listening to the unwise counsel of family and friends. Job’s consistent turning to people for wisdom and his lack of prayer not only encouraged his questioning faith, but showed his lack of faith in the Almighty.
- Who are you spending your time turning to?
- Are you seeking the input of friends and family consistently over that of the Lord?
- Is your trust firmly rooted in your Savior whom you turn to daily?
Jonah – Jonah had a bad attitude when turning to God. He acted more out of fear of consequences than fear of the Lord. It was his lack of true repentance that led to bitter anger towards God in the end.
- Is my heart turning to God in worship and repentance or resignation?
- Do I fear the Lord or just His punishment?
- Does my attitude towards the Lord reflect his greatness or am I too focused on myself to approach him correctly?
Habakkuk – Habakkuk wanted to know why. He wanted to understand God’s reasoning for what is happening but he quickly realizes that knowledge is a poor replacement for faith. His demonstration of faith even without knowledge and understanding is a wonderful picture of true worship.
- How should I approach God when I don’t understand what He is doing?
- Do I put my confidence in the Lord over my understanding of what is happening?
- Do I take joy in approaching the God of my salvation?
May you find peace and great joy this week in spending time in prayer with our great Savior! Blessings to you as you reflect on the mirror your prayer life gives to you, dear reader. Elizabeth