God's Positioning System
Prayer is God's Positioning System. It is your own personal and individualized GPS. The all-ways present one, the all-knowing one, the all-seeing one knows who you are, and where you are. He can direct you to the best roads that will help you navigate through life.
Prayer is simply communing with God. Whether it's kneeling to pray by your bedside, or talking to Him on the drive to work, God is always listening for your voice. And yes, He does speak back! Through His Word and by the Holy Spirit; a knowing in the heart and mind, and sometimes, even in an audible voice. These are just a few ways God will speak to you. As your Creator, He knows the language of your heart. So when you pray, you are tuning your spiritual ears to hear His voice.
In the book of Psalms are prayers and conversations written by David, a shepherd, and a king, to God. Probably his most recognized prayer is Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Personalizing and praying scripture is an effective way to open up your heart and ears to the Lord. Another beautiful prayer in the Bible, most often called The Lord's Prayer, is in the book of Matthew 6:10-13. Personalize it for your prayer time as in the following example.
My Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give me, (your name here), this day my daily bread.
And forgive me my debts,
As I forgive my debtors.
And do not lead me into temptation,
But deliver me from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Though there are many types of prayers; prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of seeking God's direction for particular situations, and prayers of intercession, each prayer has at least one thread in common. They all lead to a deeper relationship with God. The One who knows you best and loves you the most.