«But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers»(1 Peter 4:7).
ONCE, I HEARD a little girl say a prayer that left me completely overcome with emotion. She was having a hard time, as she had just lost her great-grandmother, and I could see clearly that she was very sad and crestfallen. However, she communicated with Jesus in such a way as I heard her say: “Thank You, Jesus, because my granny is now resting. She was already very tired. And even though I miss her very much, I thank You because I know that she felt relief and is not suffering anymore. For that, Jesus, I’m grateful to You with all my heart. Amen.» Wow, amen!! What tenderness and love there are behind these words. It is amazing how children teach us the simplicity and truth that should be behind all things.
«Our prayers should be full of tenderness and love. When we yearn for a deeper, broader realization of the Saviour’s love, we shall cry to God for more wisdom. If ever there was a need of soul-stirring prayers and sermons, it is now. The end of all things is at hand. O that we could see as we should the necessity of seeking the Lord with all the heart! Then we should find Him. May God teach His people how to pray» (White, Prayer, ch. 2, p. 26).
Dear friend, do you desire to feel the love of the Savior in a deeper and wider way? Then pray. Do you feel the need for something to stir your soul? Then pray. Do you believe the end is near? Then pray. Do you really want to understand the level of our need to seek the Lord? Then pray. Do you want to have an encounter with the Lord? Then pray.
We have to learn to pray in every sense of the word, beginning by understanding the need we really have to do so, given the times in which we live and the complicated world we have inherited. Then we continue with the way to pray: simply, with faith, without stridence; not for the sake of appearances but rather out connection with the Lord; without wordiness, and being fully present and concentrated.
«Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need» (Hebrews 4:16, NIV). And let us do it with the tenderness and love proper to a pure heart that longs for good and trusts in God. Amen,