Prayer: Better Than Meditation
Prayer is talking to God — the one, true God who exists, created you, and loves you. God has the ability to reach into your life to help you in ways that go far beyond your own ability. Meditation is a popular fad today, and many find that it reduces their stress by redirecting their thoughts from problems of life. Unfortunately, mediation does not help us with our problems any more than a Tylenol helps our wounds. When it’s all over, both Tylenol and meditation leave us in the same situation we were in before.
The reality is that, despite its popularity, meditation reaches a hand out for help, grasping into emptiness and nothingness — a source that is unable to help us find true peace, joy, and fulfillment in life. While relaxation is important, we were made to be in relationship with a living, thinking, emotion-feeling God who wants to be in a friendship with us. He wants to help. The Bible tells us:
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Our life’s deepest need is to have our soul refreshed on a daily basis, and the soul is a place that only God can reach. So next time you have a break in your busy life and must decide between petitioning silence and nothingness for help or calling out to the loving and personal God who wants to be involved in your world, make the right decision. Spend time with God — by doing so you will call out to the only One who is able to change your situation in any meaningful way. The describes this help God offers by saying:
“Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31)
Here are Several Tips for Spending Time With God
- PRAISE. Start your prayer time by telling God what you appreciate about Him.
- THANKS. Thank Him for the things He has given you as the Creator of the world
- SHARE. God cares, so share your anxieties, stresses, worries, fears, and sadness with Him.
- HELP. Ask God to help you in your areas of need.
- TRUTH. Tell God that you want Him to reveal more to you about Himself and His truths.
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