Becoming a Prayer
Pray always. Most of us read this admonition with a sense of bewilderment. How on earth is this possible? How can pray always become a practical reality in the believer’s life, let alone in my life? It seems as onerous and unattainable as any two words in the Bible.
Until we consider Jesus.
Jesus enjoyed unbroken, uninterrupted communion with the Father. When He walked on water, He was praying. When He fed the 5,000, he was praying. When He healed the woman with an issue of blood, He was praying. Whether gathering children in His arms or contending with Pharisees, Jesus was praying. In all of His life, in His every transaction with man and God, Jesus prayed.
Do you know why? Because HE WAS A PRAYER.
He didn’t just go pray for an hour, get His marching orders from God, and then go do something else. He was always in perfect communion and alignment with the heart of God. He never paused in representing the full and glorious expression of His Father’s love– in word, in deed, in his very way of being. And that is what prayer is – coming into agreement and alignment with the Father’s heart in such a way that He becomes the impulse for our every action.
I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, Jesus said. I do only what I see the Father doing.
Jesus did not strive to pray always.
It was the fabric of His being, the very breath He breathed.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.
Nor did He plead, beg or wonder what provision He might hope for from the Father. Give us this day our daily bread.
He never doubted that God would answer His prayer.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
He prayed out of the fullness of the Father’s authority because, as He declared, I and the Father are One.
Where in your life are you struggling to believe Him when he says, You can ask anything in my name, and I will do it? Have you asked Him to so fill you with His fullness that you too might become a prayer?