Have you seen a claw crane arcade machine? I spent some time observing a kid try one recently. Most of these are rigged. They are designed to weaken in strength after a few plays. The player gets close to victory, only to be let down in the end. Some are programmed to keep a grip on the prize longer. There is a chance that the person may win.
Why bother? The winner often has spent more playing than the prize is worth. I am sure the end result leaves you empty either way. As i watched this activity, I began to think how our prayer life should never resemble a game of chance. Our attitude should be one of reverence and devotion. How often have we come to God with our lists of things we think we need to be happy? I am not speaking of a real need, like healing, direction, peace, or salvation for a loved one. I think it safe to say that most of us have brought our shallow list into our prayer closet.
What if we did get all of the things asked for? Like the claw machine, natural things would soon leave us feeling empty. We can come to God with our needs and desires, That is our right as His children. We must be careful to seek His presence more than His provision.
We can do this by praying out of our hearts and not depending on our minds. The heart is to be pure before God. We get this pureness by allowing Him to change us.That is done by spending precious time with Him in worship and thanksgiving.
Few experiences satisfy like taking the time to tell Him of our love for Him. Fellowship with our Creator surpasses any joy from an earthly desire being obtained.
I don’t mind when my husband reminds me to pick up his favorite snack while I am out. I gladly wash his favorite shirt that he needs for the evening. Nothing touches my heart like when he comes to me just to tell me how much he loves me.
How much more does our Heavenly Father deserve to hear how we adore Him? We will leave the games to the kids. There is an awesome, life-changing experience. waiting for us in our prayer chamber.
~Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.”
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