I was reminded this week of the importance of “just” spending time in prayer with God.
Often, we get caught up in the prayer needs that surround us, including our own. We focus our prayers on the needs of others, or on the obstacles that lie in our path.
The Bible tells us, in 2 Corinthians 3:18, God is transforming us into the image of Christ. Transformation comes when we spend time with Him. He changes our hearts through our time in His presence.
We are God’s children. Prayer is an opportunity to spend time with, talk with, listen to, share our love with, and just be with God.
While God does give us people and situations to pray for, and while He does want to hear our hearts about the things we struggle with, He wants first and foremost to be in relationship with us. We are to love Him with our whole heart (Matthew 22:37-38), and that means spending time just being with Him.
Our prayer time should orient us to God. We should come to Him first as His child, and just be.
That’s where the heart change takes place. That’s where we become more like Him.
Have you spent time with God this week, just talking with Him as His child? Just being with Him? Try spending five minutes a day like this, and see what happens. You will notice a difference.