OMG! – Who Can I Talk To?

Each week we come to church and we do the ‘church’ thing. Yet beneath the surface, we live our lives in great need and crisis. We desperately need intervention in many of our circumstances. Where do we turn? Where do we go? What do we do? We hear stories of others with difficult situations, who got a breakthrough at the place of conversation with God. We want what they have, but where do we start?

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Can ordinary people like you and I have meaningful conversation with God regarding our own circumstances?

Throughout this month, we will look at the prayers of ordinary people, who learnt to have conversations with God, and saw their circumstances change. We learn from them about some basic yet powerful truths about God conversations.

Have you been in a situation where you felt stuck in your career; or faced the threat of redundancy; do you know someone trusting in God for their business to take off because they have taken some risks; or another who is in need of prayer because their money is stuck in one of those banks that has been taken over. These are our situations…

And sometimes, the only thing you can say is OMG! Oh my God. Where do we even start to pray?  The problem is that many of us don’t know where to start and how to go about this prayer thing. Many of us are in a state of inertia when it comes to prayer. What are the words? We live our lives in need and we are told to pray. What does that even mean? Isn’t that for Pastors? Are we to find people to pray for us? Other people seem to know words that we don’t know and to have experiences we don’t have. So where do we even begin?

Have you ever been with a child of about 2 years; one who is in a stage where he imitates everything you say including all the sounds you make. If someone coughs or clears their throat, the child would be heard coughing sympathetically or clearing his throat enthusiastically in the next room. This child will quickly pick up words literally every day. The point here is that as children, we learn how to speak by imitating what they hear.

Before babies ever learn to speak, hundreds of words have been spoken to us, to name, comfort and love us. With limited skills, all we know how to do is respond with the few sounds or words we have. The fact is that we don’t know how to speak until we are taught and in the same way we don’t know how to pray until we are taught. We have no clue about what God has for us except what He tells us that He can do for us. THIS IS WHAT PRAYER IS; IT IS SIMPLY A RESPONSE TO GOD WITH THE WORDS THAT HE TEACHES US.

The problem is that when we watch TV and look at all those pastors and preachers there is a lot of drama and formula. We feel intimidated and for many people prayer is not accessible. Many of us feel very awkward when we are asked to turn to your neighbor and pray with your neighbor. We don’t know what to pray about, we are intimidated by people who quote a lot of scriptures and call God a lot of difficult sounding names. Perhaps people around you speak in tongues.

So what do we do?

There are other places in life where we see people expressing themselves powerfully through the language of others. When we gather together for national gatherings, no one expects that people would sing their own song. In fact if you tried to introduce your own song at a national gathering, people would look at you with great surprise. Music provides us with language for the moment. It helps us to capture and express our human emotion and experience in a variety of circumstances.

So where can we acquire a language that is adequate for all the intensities of our lives? In The Psalms. Our entire lives are involved. The Psalms mirror people in communion with God, people in repentance, people walking in darkness, people walking in faith, in obedience, in fellowship, in humility, people trusting in God even when wickedness is prospering and walking in peace in the midst of storms.

The Psalms speak for us. We learn language by being spoken to. Before we began to answer, hundreds of words were spoken to us for days, weeks and months. The Psalms give us the language to answer God. In fact The Psalms occupied a large place in the life of Jesus. It was the prayer book He used in the synagogue service and at the temple festivals. From the earliest times The Psalms have been the hymn book and the prayer book of the Christian church.

If we insist on teaching ourselves how to pray, our prayers however eloquent, will be meager. They will be restricted by our own little faith. RELAX. DON’T BE AWKWARD. JUST RESPOND.

Our needs are a good place to start…

What happens when a family loses a mother and a wife? It can be difficult for one to express themselves when confronted with the futility of life and with a sadness that they can find difficult to come to terms with.

But if for example, you reflect on Psalm 90, you will find the words that you need to express yourself to God. Though you may be grappling with a sense of sadness and hopelessness. Psalm 1 might just make sense out of the emotions embattling you.

There is a time the nation of Israel was in this situation and this is what they prayed;

Psalm 90:12-17

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.

What is particularly striking in the prayer the psalmist prays is that God’s favor may rest on His people. God’s favor or acceptance assures a certain permanence over our work. Life under the sun may be vain. The man under God’s judgment can accomplish no ultimate good. However as frail, limited and sinful as we are, the love of God can transform what is weak for His own glory.

In all this drama that we go through the favor of God on our lives is what makes sense out of all experiences; if it is joblessness, if we feel stuck in our career; for those who are looking for our spouses; for those who are trusting God for their finances to take off; maybe you have taken some risks in your business; or maybe as a family you are facing medical expenses; or perhaps you are facing betrayal in relationships, your spouse has checked out emotionally.

What we can say to God is that everything I do in life, I will hold on to you because it is your favor that makes my endeavors significant. If I hold on to you my life will make sense. I will not just disappear into oblivion. My life will not be meaningless.

In conclusion, many of us have been in places where we have been told to just open our mouth and pray and make declarations. We have seen complicated models. We need God to help us to pray.

In every other area of our lives we are taught what to do. We learn how to swim, we learn how to drive, but somehow when we become Christians we are expected to know how to pray. So we learn how to copy clever phrases, but they don’t reflect the condition of our hearts and our lives.

If we insist on teaching ourselves how to pray, our prayers will be thin, or restricted or even fake. They will be restricted by our own little faith.  RELAX. DON’T BE AWKWARD. JUST RESPOND.

TAKE OUT: TAKE THIS PSALM YOUR PRAYER THIS WEEK IN LIGHT OF THE THINGS YOU ARE GOING THROUGH.

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3 Responses to “OMG! – Who Can I Talk To?”

  1. wow this such a relevant message for me. I have been a christian for 10 years and i still struggle with praying so most times i just don’t. following keenly…..

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  2. This is a testimony. Yesterday morning I woke up with that verse Psalms 90:17 just ringing in my head, over and over again, and I could not actually go past it. I read thru Psalms 90 but no other verse jumped at me.
    Then later in the day I discovered something that had hidden some business leads from me since January this year. I contacted the individuals and the majority of them were willing to set up appointments to talk more, more than ten months later, if that is not God’s favour in this our fast paced world I do not know what is. I am believing for even better outcome, and so far I am praising God for new leads.

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  3. Amen. Isaiah 43:1-4 confirms this.

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