A Heart for Prayer
by Carl Caton
If you walked with me for a day, you would say that I have a decent prayer life. After all, I have many of the "disciplines" of prayer deeply engrained in my daily routine. I keep a prayer journal, I pray throughout the day, I say a blessing before meals, I pray for my kids, I even read prayers from a devotional. The glaring defect in my prayer life, though, is a heart issue. I'm checking all the boxes with a sense of duty instead of with a heartfelt passion for God. After all, who is God?
Lately I've prayed that I would come to know Him better. Exodus 33 gives us a glimpse of the incredible glory of our mighty God in this encounter with Moses:
"And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, THE LORD, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy and loving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness. But, He said, you can not see My face, for no man shall see Me and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand upon the rock, and while My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away My hand and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen." Exodus 33: 19-23
When I better understand who God is, I will greatly anticipate the opportunity to run to the throne of the Mighty God, to worship at His feet, and present my prayers and petitions with a grateful heart.
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