Does It Have To Be So Hard? by Dr. Naima Johnston Bush, Founder of The Refreshing Life
How difficult can it be to speak by faith to the divine Creator of Heaven and Earth who you may not physically see but who has shown time and time again that He exists. When we think about prayer, we are often caught up in the ritual of it. We sometimes get stuck thinking about how to say the right words or making sure that we pray at the right time or we trip over our language trying to make the cries of our hearts sound lofty and eloquent.
But what if prayer didn’t have to be so hard? I have longed to have a life of powerful prayer, one where my life evidenced that my supplications were not bouncing off the wall but were penetrating the throne room of heaven and impacting lives for eternity. And honestly, sometimes it’s not that deep, sometimes I just want to know He is near, that He hears, that He cares.
When Jon and I were engaged we took a short trip to Texas so that he could introduce me to his family. It just so happened to be the 4th of July and we spent the evening sitting on the stone embankment that overlooked the Gulf of Mexico and watching the fireworks. Some lit up the night sky from boats on the water, from the professional production that was taking place and some from were being set off by the many families gathered around us.
I saw that little girl and the potential threat she possessed before the incident even took place. Unsupervised, unaware and much too young to be handling things that had the potential to blow her face off, she recklessly lit color changing, gravity defying fireworks in blissful oblivion as she got closer and closer to where we sat.
An then there it was. Spinning and puttering, changing colors it flew into Jon’s face, the threat of a third degree burn was all I could imagine. Jon says all he could think was how he was going to have scars on his face for our wedding pictures… all I could do was to call on the name above all names.
"Jesus!" I yelled. And that spinning, maddening firework fell to the ground instantly extinguished. It was like I called to Him to sits on the throne and He answered instantly.
And that’s one of the keys to powerful prayer. It is simply believing that God hears you, regardless if He chooses to answer right away or if it seems the answer is delayed.
In Jeremiah 29:12 the Scripture tells us: "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."
There are a multitude of scriptures where the Lord tells us that He hears us when we call or pray to Him. Jeremiah, was a prophet for over 40 years, he saw how revival came when the people followed the Lord – and he saw destruction come when they failed to obey the Lord. But again and again, Jeremiah did not wavier from knowing that God hears and God answers prayer.
One of the most powerful ways you can get the Lord’s attention is to simply call Him. A call means to give something a specified name – a name denotes or rather it tells us, what something is – not what it does.
Like a chair. By virtue of experience we know what a chair does, it allows us to sit without fear of falling. We know what a chair is used for and we’ve given it a name. Chair.
The same is true with the names of God. We know that His name describes the powerfulness of His character. So, if you need healing you call – Jehovah Rapha.
If you need God Almighty, the all sufficient one – you call El Shaddai.
If you need Him to be with you, call for, Immanuel, God is with us.
When you need help in the battle or the struggle – Call Jehovah Nissi – the banner under which we are victorious! And sometimes you must simply call – Yahweh – I AM That I AM and He will rush to your aid.
Remember the name we call tells us not only what God does, but who God is… He is more then what He does. He is the healer but He is also healing! He is a provider but He is also provision. He is present always with us.
And the name I love the most… sometimes you got to simply call Abba which means Daddy or Pappa… and who loves and more protects and cares for their children more then a faithful Pappa?
One of the first keys to understanding powerful prayer is that you must believe that He hears you when you call out with passionate trust knowing and believing that God hears you. And what you call Him, He simply is and will provide.
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