I believe prayer cannot be sustainable unless it is enjoyable; they go hand in hand. We were created by God for fascination, passion, and adventure — not boredom, dullness and passiveness. We all desire to be sustained for the long haul, but now begs the question: if sustainability and enjoyment are interconnected, how can we get to the place where we authentically enjoy talking to God? In my own journey, I’ve had different seasons where I either dreaded prayer and time alone with God, or where I felt my heart truly coming alive in His presence. Though I’m sure there are many factors, here are three of the most relevant contributing factors to my enjoyment in prayer.
1. Fill Your Mind With Who He Is
“My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a ready scribe. You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.”~ Psalm 45:1-2
In this passage, David’s heart is overflowing because of the truths He is meditating on about God. When we intentionally fill our mind with truths about Him — His kindness, love, faithfulness; that He is slow to anger, our Healer, compassionate, etc. — we cannot help but want to be near Him. We are drawn to beauty, to perfection, to that which is so unlike us. Fill your mind with truth, and your heart will not help but overflow.
2. This Same God Really Likes You
“As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all My delight.”~
In my mind, like and love are quite different. I can love someone without actually liking them very much, but God not only loves you completely but always likes you to boot. He created your personality, the intricacies of who you are, and He enjoys those things about you. He actually likes being with you, talking to you, hearing about your day and the longings of your heart. He is so interested in you. Who wouldn’t want to talk to a God like that?
3. You Were Created for Pleasure
“You have made me to know the paths of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at
Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” ~ Psalm 16:11
Enjoyment in prayer is what you were created for. It is good and right to feel pleasure in His house. In fact, that is where we were created to feel the most pleasure. Your purpose in life is first to be loved, and then to love in return, to gaze at beauty and to respond out of the overflow. This is where true joy is found. This place of enjoyment and abiding is your home. Rest here, and abide in His love.
Rachel Froese is a Consecrate Intern where she is learning to serve and lead in a House of Prayer context.