Time is Love
Have you ever stopped to think about what your prayers and words you have prayed mean to God? We make time for the people and things that we value. Time is a finite resource so it is valuable. We communicate with the people that we love because we want to share our thoughts, struggles, joys, and accomplishments with them. We want to ask for advice and get their feedback.
By praying we are demonstrating our love and commitment to God – by spending time with Him and by talking to Him. That is at the heart of a relationship. It is personal, powerful, and is private. The times that you prayed are precious to God and He cherishes those prayers.
Long Distance Relationships
I’m not saying that God is far away. In fact, he’s there whenever we need Him if we just call on Him! Let me explain – I live 900 miles away from my parents. I called them at least once a day because I love talk to them. They are an essential part of my life. We do live miles apart but that communication is what keeps the relationships vital.
A teacher once told me that relationships don’t fail because of distance, they fail because of silence. Relationships has to be maintained with commitment, communication, and companionship (time together). What if I only called my parents when I need to borrow money or only called to complain? That would communicate to them that I only need them when I need something.
Yes, we serve a loving God who is full of compassion, mercy, and loving kindness. He gave us the gift eternal life – just for the asking! But He also wants to have a personal relationship with us, not just to hear from us when we are in crisis.
What Words We Have Prayed Mean to God
1. Our prayers tell God that we need Him.
My most heart-felt prayers have come from times when I run out of my own resources and strength. When I was sobbed into my pillow and shouted, ‘Lord, this hurts so much. Please help me! I can’t do this!’ are (counterintuitively) the times I felt Him closest. In our most desperate hour, when our hearts turn to Him, his face turns to us with compassion and grace, God is there for us.
“But he said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power my rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
2. Our prayers tell God that we trust Him.
We can’t rely on our own strength. When we said and made our request known to God we were being vulnerable to Him and entrusting our deepest desires and needs to Him.
When we prayed we acknowledged that God has our best needs at heart. Remember, everything that He does is based on His love and care for us.
3. Our prayers are an offering pleasing to God.
“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141:2).
The Bible says that when we prayed, it was like a fragrant offering to God. In the Old Testament animals were sacrificed on the altar and the aroma was pleasing to God because it was an act of obedience from the Israelites. The times that we prayed are a sacrifice pleasing to God.
In closing, the Bible instructs us to “Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Take time today to pray and remember that your prayers are pleasing to God and stay in His heart forever.