The reality of prayer is that we can go to God with thanksgiving, praise, confession, and petition. Prayer is simply communication with God. When we fall to our knees and pray, whether we are praising, worshipping, or confessing, whatever we are doing, all of it is prayer.
Psalm 63:6 reads, “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.” David says watches, not watch. He is up in the middle of the night. What is he doing? Is he playing games on His cell phone? No! He is meditating on the LORD. Is he thinking about all the things he has to do tomorrow? Those things he feels the weight of; the world pushing down on him causing him stress? Is that what he is focused on? No! He is meditating on the LORD. This man will have peace in the midst of a very crooked and perverse generation filled with evil.
The word “meditate” in the Hebrew is הָגָה (hagah). It is a form of prayer. An example is when we go for a walk and spend time meditating or focusing on God’s Word. In a Biblical context, meditation is healthy and important for our daily prayer life.
We also need to appreciate that communication with God is not a one-way street. Good relationships have two-way communication. I communicate to you; you communicate with me. The best marriages have the best forms of communication. They have mastered the art of communication; however, it doesn’t mean they don’t have problems. It means they navigate conflict resolution.
I want you to understand something; one of the most powerful aspects to prayer I have had is the reading of the word of God. This is because the word of God is the voice of God. You can read it to be intellectual, you can read it to gain knowledge, and you can read it for history. But for me, the things God has revealed to me in supernatural ways and the most intense times I have ever had in this book is when I open the book and use it as a prayer. I read my Bible as I’m praying in the context of saying, “Oh LORD, here’s your servant. Please speak. What do You have to say to me?”
True Bible study should be a time of prayer where you receive the words of God into your heart and you are hanging on every word spoken because He is speaking to you. He has something to say to you. Prayer is not simply a one-way street where you rattle off your petitions and desires such as “Oh LORD, bless me this way and bless me that way.” That is not what prayer is. It is a two-way street.
After spending time in His word, think about what He has shared with you. Meditate on it, “LORD, I heard what you said. I read that today. Now I need to meditate on it.” By doing that, you will unlock doors of understanding through meditation. It’s a time of prayer because God, through the Holy Spirit, is speaking to you. This is an amazing thing! We have got to rewire the way we function; the way we think.
Moving on to Psalm 119:148, “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.” Somebody should have told me this long ago. I have probably read it and never saw it. Look at what the Psalmist says… “My eyes are awake through the night.” He is sleepless. He is awake during the night. Why? So, he may meditate on God’s word.
How many of you when you have been restless and haven’t been able to sleep get up and start playing games on your cell phone, or you start to work? You start doing these things not recognizing God has awakened you and needs you to hear something from Him. This is a time to go to prayer. This is a time to pick up the word and to hear from Him.
It took me years to figure this out. It was through the Spirit I discovered it because I had not come across that verse yet. There was a period of time in my life when I had severe insomnia. I could not sleep, and I actually got angry and said, “You know how I’m going to deal with this? I’m going to pray.” I was thinking the enemy was keeping me up not letting me have sound sleep. I did not recognize, in my own stupidity and foolishness, it was God wanting to speak to me.
So, I am telling you — when you’re restless at night, good! Get into the word; get into prayer because He has something to say to you.
This is a portion of “Prayer & Fasting Part 1” presented by Daniel Joseph. The full-length presentation can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/420081469.