Isn’t it interesting the language we reserve for prayer? How often do we say “pour into” during a normal conversation? Or use words like “passion,” “abundance,” or “blessing?” Do we save this language for God in order to honor Him or do we not know how to relate to God in a human way? God became a human at one point, why should we struggle to communicate with Him?
Why do we need formulas for prayer? Is it so hard to sit down with the God of the universe and be honest and tell Him how you feel and what is going on in your life? Why do we need the ACTS model, the TPS, or the hand model to communicate with God? And what does that say to God about how we feel when we talk to Him?
“Gee God, I’d love to talk with you, here’s my agenda for this prayer.”
What has God done that has made us so insecure that we find it difficult to be honest with Him?
In the United States, we have so many formulas, plans, gimmicks, and accronyms designed to make our Christian walk easier and more convenient. We’ve placed our spirituality on a “To Do” list along with homework, work, soccer practice, appointments, errands, and projects. It’s become another part of our busy schedule, when God should be the driving force and delight of our lives. We’re so wrapped up in our facades and plastic, sterile lives that we can’t even be real and raw with the Creator who knows us so intimately that He knows our hearts’ desire before we even do.
When I come to God, I want to feel the weight of my humanity. I want to see the stark contrast between my God and me, and I want to feel the grace that falls over me and makes me more like Him.