While this may not be such a earth shattering reflection for many, it rattled me to the core of my soul. Prayers aren't something we do because we are supposed to do them, they are gifts, greater than we could possibly understand. God's desire is for us to desire Him. When we find that simply sitting alone in His presence is greater than any worship song we could sing, or gift we could receive, then I think we get closer to what God's purpose is for us in prayer.
I was thinking today about how people of other faiths pray compared to the way Christians do. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, yet our prayer life often pales in comparison. Why is that? Shouldn't that give us pause?
We cannot create a desire for God's presence, it's a gift. But maybe we are approaching it in the wrong way. Instead of sitting around hoping we will get that desire, maybe we should ask for it. Maybe if we could set aside all of our wants, desires and even needs, and ask God to help us understand that the greatest gift we could ever receive is to know God and be fully known by Him. Living into that, is changing my prayers and in the process, my life.