As I was preparing to write this devotional, I thought back to the definition of prayer that the elementary students learned in gsKidz: Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. That’s a powerful definition that I think we tend to overlook sometimes. Prayer is two way! God wants to hear our prayers, but he also wants us to listen to what he has to say to us.
Acts 12:1-19 records Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. Verse 5 reads, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” The church as a body was petitioning God for Peter’s life! God answered the church’s prayers by sending an angel to help.
The Greek word for “earnestly” is, “ektenōs, ek-ten-oce.” This word is also used in 1 Peter 1:22 which reads: “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” That phrase, “from the heart” is the same Greek word to describe how the church was praying for Peter!
So what does from the heart mean? When I hear that phrase, I think of sincerity, devotion, passion, and crying out. Praying earnestly is crying out to God, praying passionately with sincerity and devotion.
Are you praying earnestly for your requests?
Are you praying earnestly for your family?
Are you praying earnestly for your church?
Are you having a conversation with God in prayer?
He’s waiting to have one…
Post by Marlaina Arledge, gracespring attendee