I was in the shower - naked (well, duh! not like I wear a bathing suit), the shower was cold. There was worship music on. I decided to ask God to heat the water up; "God give me hot water. Pleeeeease! I need to wash my hair. Hot water come in the name of Jesus".
If anyone would have heard me, they would have thought I was praying for revival. Just to be clear - the 'hot water' wasn't an analogy for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit (although I welcome that!), it was actual hot water.
I have heard many minsters talk about praying, they say that God cares about every aspect of our lives - even the fact that my shower wasn't hot. But then again some people think that the only things you can pray for is huge things like; world peace.
Prayer is an act of dependence on God, we are depending on Him for the answer. Its an act of faith believing that He will answer. Any chance to build my faith and I will take it, there is always more that I can trust God for.
I believe that God cares about everything.
Everything, from the seemingly trivial to the life changing decisions we all have to make, so I will talk to God about every single one of them. Sometimes in life its the little things that cause the biggest burden. My own example is: Dear God, please can you work your power so that we have a parking space next to our house. My pain is so bad tonight I am not sure I will be able to walk up the hill without crying. Amen.
Just because I pray for there to be a parking space so I am not in pain - this doesn't mean I don't pray for healing. But sometimes I need some help from God for the little things to make life more bearable while I am believing and having faith for the big things.
I have always viewed prayer as a conversation with God, we are told in the bible to:
Matthew 18:3 (New World Translation) "and said: "Truly I say to you, Unless You turn around and become as young children, you will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens."
So why don't we pray as such?
When you picture a child asking their Father for something, what do you picture? A child using elaborate sentences and big words? Only asking for the important things such as food and clothing? Or is the picture of a two way conversation, the child speaking from their heart, from the place they are, not the place they pretend to be in?
I totally believe this is the way God wants us to be. He is our creator. He is our designer. He formed us in the womb. He predestined us. He will never hurt us like our earthly Father might. He is perfect and complete. He is our Heavenly Father.
So as I go into this week I am going to pray from where I am at. I am going to pray REAL prayers from my heart. I am going to ask God about everything I do in life. I am going to seek His guidance on the small things as well as the massive. I am going to go speak to Him in clear way with child like faith.
Can I challenge you to do the same?