And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
What type of prayers are you praying?
Armor with holes, kinks, rust spots, etc. does not work well. Prayer is the oil, the mender, the forge and blacksmith keeping the armor working. Because of prayer, which is your communication with God, you can miss the pitfalls, the stumbling blocks, and any other things that can damage your armor.
Psalms 107:6-7 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. 7 And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. (New King James Version NKJV)
You want your prayers to build a relationship between you and God. Spending time praying to the Lord causes you to transition from servant to friend.
2 Corinthians 13:9b We also pray for this, that you be made complete [fully restored, growing and maturing in godly character and spirit—pleasing your heavenly Father by the life you live]. (Amplified Bible, AMP)
God is always trying to show you the pitfalls and cause you to learn from what you have already experienced. But when you are far from Him, you don’t listen, and you don’t see.
Mark 8:17b-18 Do you not yet discern or understand? Are your hearts in [a settled state of] hardness? 18 Having eyes, do you not see [with them], and having ears, do you not hear and perceive and understand the sense of what is said? And do you not remember? (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
God is always speaking, but if you don’t talk to Him regularly, it becomes white noise.
Isaiah 28:23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. (New International Version NIV)
Isaiah 30:21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go, whether to the right or to the left.” (New Living Translation NLT)
Effectual and fervent prayer, coming from a pure heart, brings you close and opens your ears.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I want my armor to be in full working condition. I repent for allowing it to get in disrepair. I know it has to be in mint condition if I am going to be effective for You. Thank You for showing me how to clean off the rust, patch the holes, and smooth out the kinks. It brings me joy to spend time in Your presence. You open my ears of understanding. You point out to me what I need to do and where I need to go. You show me the obstacles I wouldn’t see without You. I thank You for loving me and caring about me. I want You to call me friend. It means You can trust me with information, knowing I will do the God-like thing with it. I believe You want to call me friend as well. I am submitting myself to You so You can do, in me, what needs to be done. Teach me how to pray character building and life transforming prayers that will cause You to call me friend…