Thought I would share something that brought me much freedom a few months ago…
I had been taught and believed for some time in the 10,000 rule for prayer. If I put in my time I would reach 10,000 hours and it would be easy, enjoyable and I would attain a certain level of intimacy with God. I would then no longer struggle praying. I would be an expert at it and would no longer struggle with spending long hours in prayer. As the Lord has been clearing me out of false ideas and bringing me to a place of relationship through Grace, He is showing me who I am and Whose I am. I am seeing God in a much clearer way. I am also seeing why He needed to have me take the law glasses off and truly begin to know Him as He knows me. What an adventure!
“This belief that 10,000 hours will put you into a better position and able to pray and really like it is a form of HUMANISM.”, is what the Lord just spoke to me. Here is a definition of humanism:
The push to attain 10,000 hours, so I could become a prayer expert, is fully resting in our own human capacity and the desire to somehow increase our worth to the Lord. This was exhausting. The Lord wants you to come to Him because you want to, not because you have to. He doesn’t want you logging in hours with Him to reach 10,000 hours so that you can become an expert prayer or so that you will enjoy it or….Prayer is not a technique that you master, it is a way of life. Relationship is communication that can always grow. What He really wants is relationship and when we begin to walk in who we are in Him we realize how much He loves us (GRACE). We are able to fully receive all that His Son accomplished on the Cross, we are adopted into sonship or daughtership and we know there is NOTHING we can do to make Him love us more because He already does. That He ALWAYS sees us through His Son’s sacrifice no matter what we have or have not done. This is when we realize that in and of ourselves we can NEVER do ANYTHING that will in any way get close to what He did for us.
God really had to help me with this. The best way to explain this is looking at our relationships with people as an example. I have had friends that I have immediately felt a connection to yet I still had to work at it. I didn’t have to log in 10,000 hours to become an expert friend with them but enjoyed spending time with them before we logged in 10,000 hours together. What is even better with God is that He has done all the work and He draws us to Him as we realize that He absolutely has forgiven all of our sin and absolutely loves us no matter what (remember He loved us when we were still unbelievers-John 3:16-17) -this gives us the confidence we need to boldly approach the Throne of Grace? He is so AWESOME that he loves us and then enables us to love Him. We believe and rest. When I was little I would have conversations with God. We would just visit, talk and have relationship. This is what I did when I first got saved as an adult. This is what I am doing now. There is a hunger to draw near and have intimacy, not because I logged in 10,000 hours but because He is my Friend, because of love and because He put the drawing within me.
God has already provided the intimacy for our relationship with Him and as He helps us realize day by day who we are in Him we are more able to see more of the intimacy that is already there.