Hundreds and maybe thousands of books and articles have been written on the subject of prayer. Yet consistent, powerful prayer eludes (I think it is safe to say) the majority of Western Christians today. If that’s you, I know how you feel. I’ve felt the same way myself, but I’m finding a reality in prayer that has had a significant impact on my life.
As soon as I discovered, for myself, that the heart of prayer is a deep heart encounter with God, something meaningful began to happen. I began struggling less and less with “keeping my prayer appointments” with the Lord. I found that richness in prayer requires a depth of trust in Him. Not a doctrinal definition of what it means to trust. Not a favorite formula. Instead (using a poker analogy) an “I’m all in” with my most valuable resource: Trust. In fact, I’ve gone as far as to say, “Either I’m all in or I’m not in at all.”
The lush seed bed for prayer is ultimate trust in the One with Whom I’m talking and listening. A growing profound assurance that He has my best interests at heart. Therefore, to me, prayer can best be summed up as the activity (or lack of it) where I truly “bow my head” and open my heart. I depose my intellectual understanding of matters and open my heart in vulnerability to the One Who made and passionately loves me.