“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2).

Prayer,” says an old Jewish mystic, “is the moment when heaven and earth kiss each other.” Prayer is not persuading God to do what we want God to do. It is not bending the will of a reluctant God to our will. It does not change His purpose, although it may release His power. It is a laying hold of His highest willingness. For God always purposes our greatest good. Prayer in the minds of some is only for emergencies! Danger threatens; sickness comes, things are lacking; difficulties arise, then they pray. Prayer is, however, much more than merely asking God for something, although it is a very valuable part of prayer if only because it reminds us of our utter dependence upon God. It is also communion with God- intercourse with God-talking with (not only to) God. We get to know people by talking with them. We get to know God in like manner. The highest result of prayer is not the securing of some coveted thing, but knowledge of God. Prayer discovers more of God and that is the soul’s highest discovery. The kneeling Christian always “finds” Him and is found of Him. Brother Lawrence once said, “Prayer is nothing else than a sense of God’s presence” and that is just the practice of the presence of God. It is good to be conscious that we are always in the presence of God. It is better to gaze upon him in adoration. But is best of all to commune with him as a Friend- and that is prayer. Real prayer at its highest and best reveals a soul a thirst for God—just for God alone. Real prayer comes from the lips of those whose affection is set on things above. While all prayer is pleasing to God, is it not a strange child who seeks his father’s presence only when he desired something from him? Spend time marveling over God and his exceeding great glory. Spend time reflecting on the exceeding great riches and glory of Jesus, trying to grasp the full meaning of the word “grace”. Then lift your soul to God and place yourself in His presence and direct your prayer to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Have you prayed today?

Adapted from “The Kneeling Christian”