When You Need A Motive To Pray

How's your prayer life? Is it as deep and rewarding as you'd like? Do you feel like you're in a meaningful relationship with the Lord?

If you answered negatively to any or all of these questions, this brand-new week is the perfect time to start fresh. Building a prayer life and relationship with God are time-consuming, on-going processes, which can also be some of the most beneficial to your soul.

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is His delight. Proverbs 15:8

Even the most wonderful of sacrifices is worth nothing when it comes from someone who has no relationship with the Lord. The wicked - someone who doesn't believe in Him to begin with - can sacrifice in His name all day long and it's just wood, hay and stubble. They aren't just worthless, they're an abomination. They're something God can't stand even being in the presence of.

But prayer - simple prayer - is God's delight. No religious act will ever take the place of speaking directly to the Creator of the universe. Praise His holy name that we are no longer under the law and have to resort to sacrifice to maintain a right relationship with the Lord. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Christ was sufficient for all.

What a motive to be in prayer. Our prayers delight the Lord. He's just waiting for us to approach His throne and speak with Him from our humble hearts. His delight! With the right heart attitude, we can come before the Lord with anything and know He will listen. As you read through the book of Psalms, notice how many times the writers begged God to listen and hear their requests. Each of those moments was a delight to the Lord.

And it's a delight when you and I speak with Him, too. I can just imagine Him leaning forward with a smile to hear every word that we say. That's attention we don't often receive here on earth.

 If you need motivation to grow your prayer life and spend more time in conversation with the Lord, remember that your prayer is His delight.

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