Prayer: It has no rush. The Lord invites us to come to His throne boldly. [Hebrews 4:1] That is an open invitation. We can come to the Lord in prayer anytime. Is there anything else in this world that we can do anytime we choose? Even so, is there anything that we could do anytime we chose – with so much profit? We can pray anytime and when we do pray, rushing is not required. There’s no…”hey – you get two hours so say all you can within that time”. We don’t get two hours, not two weeks, not even two decades. We literally have as much time as we choose to pray, without any rush at all.
Prayer: There are no restrictions. In a lifetime, how often have we heard or read: “Restrictions may apply”? When using coupons, my husband and I are learning to expect and look for the restrictions. Scripture tells us to cast our cares on the Lord for He cares for us. [1 Peter 5:7] Which cares can we cast on the Lord? All of them!! Which ones does He care about? All of them!! There are no restrictions.
Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying that the Lord is our “yes man”. He is not going to say yes to every request of yours or mine. [John 14:13] What good Father would? But there is something so wonderful in knowing that I can tell Him (anything) anyway. Just telling Him makes all the difference (and with more prayer), leaving the outcome up to Him. Prayer has many benefits and much privilege, but I really appreciate that one. Knowing that I can tell the Lord is powerful in itself – regardless of the outcome.
Prayer: It comes with no restraints. Ok, I know I can pray anytime. And I know that I can pray about any topic. But when it comes to those topics – what can I ask for? What’s the limit? For example, if I pray about getting a car, can I ask for a new car or only for a used one? Or when I pray for my family, do I have to pick which one of them I want the Lord to bless?
The other day I got a chance to spin a wheel for a prize, similar to the Price is Right or Jeopardy. It worked like this. If I landed on the majority of available spaces, I could pick a prize from one table. But if I landed on a few select spaces, I could pick from another table that had the really good prizes! Thats what I mean when I say prayer has no restraints. Oh sure, I can pray about anything but does it result in answers from the lesser table. Of course not!! We serve and petition the Sovereign Lord who is and has only the best of the best. [Deut 32:3-4]
Our Lord is a wonder. He really is. He has chosen prayer to be the major means of communication from us to Him and a major means from Him to us. No wonder the songwriter penned the words: “Sweet hour of prayer that calls me from a world of care. And bids me at my Father’s throne. Makes all my wants and wishes known” Prayer takes us into the throne room of God. Is an hour really enough?