I’ve recently taken on two experiments to do something new. First, learning to ride a motorcycle. Second, agreeing to personally coach someone who wants to grow in his faith life and work to become the-best-version-of-himself. It’s too early to tell how the first experiment will work out
But I am having more fun with the second experiment than I had expected. This week, he and I will discuss how you view God and how you pray.
Some folks see God as “out there” somewhere, and believe that you and I have to work to move toward God. Their thought is that we take the initiative and then God rewards us with grace, peace, and hope.
I disagree. I have learned that prayer depends most of all on the moving of the Spirit in me and not in my own efforts. That’s right. Prayer is the work of the Spirit in us. It is not our work to try to get to know God better.
The Holy Spirit moves you toward gratitude to God for caring for us and being our Father. And the Spirit deepens your conviction of faith when you pray. The Holy Spirit is active in you even while you are resting in Him.
Learning this lesson catapulted my prayer life forward in a new way. I am not working to move toward God. He is already at work in me if I will only stop and rest long enough to listen and recognize Him