I know that God is alive and working in my life. Yes, I know by the blessings He gives me, the "jams" He gets me out of, and what He teaches me in His word that He is there. But I also know because of the feeling of being "pursued" that I get from time to time that God is really alive and cares about what I am doing. Funny thing is, when we're pursued by God, we can't get away! He follows us everywhere! Do you ever get that feeling?
God's latest pursuit of me is regarding my prayer life. I've been examining it recently and found it quite lacking. Not to say that I don't pray, because I pray every day, but do I pray with a passion that brings me to God's inner courts and moves His heart to action?
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples - Luke 11:1
Did you know that Jesus never taught his disciples how to preach, but only to pray? Andrew Murray says the following from the first chapter of his classic With Christ in the School of Prayer:
Amid the painful consciousness of ignorance and unworthiness, the struggle between believing and doubting, the heavenly art of effective prayer is learned. There is One - the Beginner and Finisher of faith and prayer - Who watches over our praying and sees to it that in all who trust Him for it, education in the school of prayer is carried on to perfection. Let the deep undertone of all our prayer be the teachableness that comes from faith in Him as a Perfect Teacher, and we can be sure that we will be taught. We will learn to pray in power. Yes, we can depend on His teaching us to pray.
Lord, teach us to pray. Teach ME to pray. Take away my laziness, my busy-ness, and my apparent fear of getting so real with you that my prayers bring me to tears, and just have me pray. Amen.