Prayer

Come everyone who thirsts. Come to the water and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me. Hear, that your soul may live.
— Isaiah 55:1-3

Prayer is all about relationship. None of us should be identified by our gifting or platform but by the quality of our relationship with God. Our motivation for prayer can get foggy. Either we don’t pray because it’s too hard, we forget or we come to God rushed with wrong motives and then wonder why we didn’t get anywhere. Once we understand what prayer is, everything changes.

The church is flooded with talented people who desire to come and use their gift, but what needs to be reconciled in all of us is whether God is more important to us than being used by Him. When we hear a statement like that, we panic and think ‘Oh yes, that’s right I’ve got to love God’ but loving God is not something that we tick off our list on a daily basis or even consider as the pre-requisite to being allowed to lead others in worship. It’s not like the worship leaders checklist that goes something like: Guitar tuner? Check. Lyrics learned? Check. Loving God? Check.

Once we understand what prayer is, everything changes.

Loving God far surpasses the old routine, the worship team members checklist. It’s when you love Him more than anything else, whether you lead worship or not becomes of no consequence. It’s when your revelation on prayer goes from being a grind to being a joy. When praying, none of us should ever feel the need or burden to say anything, especially if we feel obligated. God doesn’t expect us to say anything. And if He doesn’t say anything to us, it’s absolutely fine. If God wants to tell you something, make no mistake, He will and you will know. Prayer is an inner posture that comes from the place of security and peace. Prayer is those moments each day when we bother to wait long enough to dial into God’s frequencies and allow Him to move on our behalf. Prayer is the doorway into the greatest relationship of all.

 

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith was the Music Director of C3 Church in Sydney Australia for over 10 years, and has been involved in over 20 Praise and worship releases from C3 Music over the last 15 years...