“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
-Ephesians 3:14-19 (NLT)
While in prison, Paul wrote this beautiful, hope-filled prayer to the church in Ephesus. While bound in chains, he was able to access hope for his fellow believers and speak of Christ’s “unlimited resources” and love that would strengthen their hearts and lives. He was unwavered by his circumstances and even able to minister hope to others. Paul had unlocked a truth in His life that declared, no matter the circumstances around Him, communion with God was a constant stream of strength. Prayer was his source of life, joy, and peace!
Unarguably, every believer knows the importance of prayer. However, so few access communion with the Father on a daily basis. Many Christians call on the Lord only in times of desperation and need. Why is that? Why are so many intimidated by a conversation with God? I believe it is because many Christians have simply over complicated prayer. They feel they have to be deserving to approach God, or they have to have a perfect, scripture-filled prayer in order to make the prayer valid. But, prayer, simply put, is a conversation with God. Praying should be as comfortable as sitting down for coffee with a dear friend. Just speak! God is listening.
Our relationship with Christ is a covenant. I am loved unconditionally inside of this relationship with Jesus, and I know there is nothing I can do to separate myself from that love.
“I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love.” -Romans 8:38
Perhaps, the greatest earthly example of a covenant relationship is marriage. I have been married for 7 ½ years, and I am learning everyday how to walk out that covenant with my husband the way Jesus does with both of us. However, one thing I have learned is covenant is devoted. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, one who is devoted is loyal, steadfast, devout, and dedicated. In my marriage relationship, I wake up every morning and speak to my husband; we share each night about our day. Daily communication can seem to be one of the mundane tasks of marriage; however, without it there is no relationship. One very important way I show my devotion to my husband in a very practical manner is to talk with him throughout my day. We text throughout the day, we call each other to check-in on lunch break, we talk during dinner as we’re taking care of the kids. We are devoted, loyal, steadfast, and dedicated to one another, and we show each other our steadfastness by maintaining a steady line of communication with one another throughout the day.
Prayer is devoted communication with God, precisely like my example in marriage. Just as I communicate throughout the day with my husband to stay connected, it is important for me to communicate throughout the day with the Lord through prayer. I can simply talk to Him as I’m driving my car or walking down the street. He is always with me ready to communicate, I just have to remember to invite Him into the “mundane” moments of my daily life. It is in this communication during the mundane that relationship is truly built.
I believe this is the revelation Paul discovered which enabled Him to find strength during His difficult season in prison. Constant communication with God is a well-spring of life and peace to our hearts! So, Beloved, maybe it has been awhile since you’ve had a conversation with the Lord. I encourage you to begin speaking to Him today, He is always near to your heart. We just need to learn to open the doors of communication with Him!
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry” – Psalm 34:15
About the author // Robin Halvorson is a part of the Beloved Team. She lives in Roanoke, TX along with her husband, Jordan, two girls, Shiloh & Gabrielle, and her son, Judah. She is a member of New Life Worship and leads worship for Tuesday Night Prayer. She is currently a stay at home mom. With a degree in Communication and Worship Leadership from Oral Roberts University, she was a public speaker for nearly 10 years speaking to students across Texas and the surrounding region about abstinence and bullying.