That parable about the guy banging on the door at midnight has always bothered me. Is God the man all cozy in his house hot and bothered by my incessant begging for bread at the most inconvenient hour? But the story’s more about the beggar than the man inside. The point Jesus was making was this-we should be bothering God a lot more than we do.
In fact, the one thing that bothers God most is when we refuse to bother Him at all.
There is no matter too small or too big, no time too late or too early, no request too silly or too serious. God wants to be bothered by us. He wants us to ask and seek and knock, to beg and plead and persist. He wants us to pray continually so that we’ll wake up to the fact that it’s Him who will continually provide.
When we pray about everything, every moment becomes a meal, an intimate conversation, a tender embrace with our Provider. Oatmeal scooped up in a bowl, backing out the driveway, sitting in the waiting room, typing up an email–if I pray as I prepare and provide then I stop pretending that I’m alone in this, that it’s me who’d doing all this. When I pray I proclaim that all this is His, all this is for Him, all this is from Him. And all of this becomes a praise.
Need a few pointers to point you toward more prayer today? Bother God with these and pray for help to pray all day.
1. Help Me. Help me get out of bed, help me read your Word. Help me fix breakfast with love and joy, help me plan the day. Help me pray. Help me become humble enough to receive help. Help me.
2. Rescue Me. Save me in this moment from myself, from growing angry, from staying indifferent, from getting annoyed. Rescue me from my selfishness, my impatience, my joylessness, my ingratitude. Rescue me from me.
3. Guide Me. Show me where to go in this moment, what things to type, which route to take to work, which to do item to do first. Take over my day so that I won’t be taken over by this day. Guide me.
4. Remind Me. Call to mind your promises, your law, your power. Don’t let me forget that you’re in charge, that you’re at work, that you’re right here. Remind me.
5. Be with Me. Abide in me, stay with me, sit with me, walk with me. Let’s do this day, this moment, together. Come what may, I can do it, as long as you come with me. Be with me.
I’m no graphic designer, but you can download these five prayers printed here in a small format to print and post around the house, at your desk, on the mirror to remind you pray continually this week.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:10
Related: David Platt’s sermon on prayer-the words that got me thinking that it’s okay to bother God.
60 Days of Prayer
Would you bother God with me today for the people of Swaziland?
I’ll post the Seeds giveaway winners tomorrow.