Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
–Jeremiah 29:12 NIV
John was a new Christian, he and his family had recently been saved at the small church we attended. One Wednesday night the pastor asked John to pray, hoping to build his confidence to pray in front of others. We could tell John was flustered, but also pleased that the pastor had asked him. As he prayed he became more confident, and he was doing quite well—then it happened.
He was thanking God for the Holy Spirit and his role in our lives, then he said, “God, we thank You for our pastor, because we all know he’s full of it.” We knew what he meant, but it wasn’t what he said. Giggles began to spread, John realized what he’d said, and then he and the pastor began laughing hysterically. We all began laughing with them, it was awesome.
Praying in front of others can be intimidating, especially if we try to impress people. The Father always listens to our prayers. He’s not impressed by theology or degrees, and He loves childlike faith. I’m confident that He too laughed with us; joy always comes from Him. Just as John went on to be a great prayer warrior, so can you.
- Ask God to make you a God-pleaser, not a people-pleaser.
- Believe that God hears you when you pray, and that He answers those prayers.