What I see when I pray has been an interesting journey for me, one in which I’ve grown and changed. I have actually only recently become aware, and come to the realization, that I even “see something” when I’m praying. What I see is directly connected to growth in faith and the gifts of the Spirit, and the calling on my life. I have been a born again Christian for 41 years now, so I’ve had plenty of time to grow and change. Okay, so here’s my journey and as you read, think about what you see when you pray.
When I first became a Christian, I usually always closed my eyes when I prayed. I would often kneel and/or bow my head. When I prayed, I saw absolutely nothing.
As time went by, I prayed when standing, walking, driving, sitting in class, cleaning the house, etc. During this time, I often saw my prayers going up hitting the ceiling and bouncing back at me. I knew – from reading the Word, going to church and attending Sunday school – that Christians were supposed to pray, but I wasn’t so sure the Lord was actually hearing my prayers; and, that’s okay. We need to give ourselves grace and mercy as we grow. It’s a process, a journey and Christian maturity doesn’t happen over night. As Christians, we should be growing till the day we go home to see our beautiful Lord. In the natural, physical realm, we are grown at about age 18, but in the spiritual realm, we are in a continual growth process. As I prayed, at this point in my walk, I pictured the words coming from my mouth and hitting the ceiling because I didn’t know if God was listening or if He would answer my prayers.
As my walk with the Lord continued, I became more serious about prayer and instead of praying as I went about my day, I began setting aside time to pray. I would often pace or walk slowly around my bedroom, or around the house as I prayed. I liked praying this way, however, I needed to keep my eyes looking downward. I quickly discovered that looking around as I walked completely ruined my prayer time as I was so distracted by things I saw in my house. As I looked around, I would think, “Oh, I need to dust that,” “Gosh, that needs to be cleaned,” “I’ve gotta vacuum this room,” etc., etc. It was impossible to keep myself focused on praying because my mind kept going to all of the things that needed to be done around the house. (Maybe I should have made it a practice to clean before praying!😂) So, it was pointless to set aside prayer time when I was surrounded by distractions, however, if I kept a downward gaze and just focused on praying, I gradually began to see my prayers rising up to heaven like incense. Also, during this time in my walk, I began to feel led by the Lord to pray for certain things or specific people on a more regular basis.
Psalm 141:2a May my Prayer be set before you like incense…
Revelation 8:4 …and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
As I continue spending time in prayer, I sit in my favorite chair and pray. At this point, I know the Lord had called me to intercessory prayer. Intercession is praying for others and their situations. As I pray, I feel led by the Lord to pray for specific people and groups of people, like pastors, political leaders, children, parents, single parents, people in prison, the unsaved, Christians without churches, etc. Now when I pray, I see myself in the throne room before God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. My prayers are being spoken directly to them. They, the Trinity, are listening and answering.
John 14:14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you.