Lately I’ve been feeling like the Father is calling me back to a more disciplined prayer time. That’s sounds somewhat cold even as I type those words “disciplined prayer time.” Yes prayer is conversational, an exchange between the Father and His child, and yet another perspective is becoming clearer to me.
For the past several years I’ve been learning the court language found in the Bible. Words like judge, witness, petition, testify, testament, law, advocate, vindicate and others are found all through out the Bible. Side note: I must admit I love Judge Judy and all the courtroom antics. I’ve learned how not to show up in court, and the power of presenting evidence. I’ve also seen that emotions don’t move Judge Judy, just the evidence.
While our Father, the righteous Judge, is sensitive to our sufferings, I’m seeing more how there is a protocol when I pray. He does not shy away from my complaints, follows my wandering thoughts and yet He knows I must eventually land on His word.
So how will I present my case?
What will I present as “Exhibit A” when I worry about my children?
All (my bio, foster and adopted) children shall be taught of the Lord and great will their peace. (Isaiah 54:13)
How will I petition the Judge when I experience suffering?
After I have suffered a little while, You said the You would restore, confirm, strengthen and establish me. (1 Peter 5:10)
The Father is the most righteous judge, merciful and long suffering. I get to show up in heaven’s court with an Advocate (Jesus) who has an “in” with the Judge. I used to believe that if I just prayed harder…Now I see that I can have confidence in presenting my case, because the righteous Judge also happens to be my Father and He’s already in my favor.