“The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Westminster Shorter Catechism
How often we talk of glorifying God, but have little understanding of the last phrase “to enjoy Him forever.” Prayer is the catalyst to knowing and enjoying God. It is not meant to be a dull duty or boring obligation, but the adventure of exploring a relationship with the infinite God.
Angels aren’t waiting to file our list of requests in a prayer processing plant in Heaven. Rather, One who loves us immeasurably, is leaning in close to have an intimate conversation with us. Understanding this changes our perspective on prayer from an obligatory form to rejuvenating flow.
Paul prayed that we would come “…to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge…” to experience its “width and length and depth and height.”(Eph 3:14-21)
As a flower opens its petals to receive the light rays of the sun, prayer is the unfolding of the human heart to receive the life giving radiance of God’s love.
John 17 records one of Jesus’ greatest prayers: “Father, I desire….that they all may be one, as You Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe…” (John 17:24, 21)
Jesus desires oneness with you. That you would enjoy Him as He enjoys you. It doesn’t come by dry, forced prayer, but by the revitalizing fellowship found in communion with Him.
Enjoyable prayer starts with the heart knowledge of being fully loved and enjoyed by God. From there it will take expression depending on the unique way God created you. (See previous blogs on types of intercessors) It might be soaking in His presence and love, singing praise or dancing, journaling your conversations with God, etc. Find some time today to enjoy Him!