” Time to Rejoice! ” by Liane Grant.
“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” (Psalm 32:11).
What adjectives do you mentally associate with the word “prayer”? Depending on your background and your current situation, the idea of prayer may evoke diverse feelings.
Some people connect prayer to duty, discipline, or habit, knowing that as Christians, they are expected to pray. Others equate prayer with weight, sadness, and tears, having been called to the ministry of intercession.
Some view prayer as a privilege, an invitation to spend time with the One who has all wisdom and is waiting to give guidance for daily decisions that must be made, whether major or minor. Others see prayer as a welcome escape from their painful reality, a chance to pour out their hurts and confusion to someone who really understands and honestly cares.
Some have reached such a deep relationship with God that they eagerly look forward to spending time in conversation with their dearest friend. The line of communication between them and God is always open, and they do not hesitate to talk to God at any time throughout the day. “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).
This last group of people have learned to be joyful in prayer. Prayer can be all of the previous things mentioned, at various times in our lives, but prayer should also be a joyful time. Rather than plunging into our list of needs, requests, and concerns about our children as soon as we start praying, maybe we should begin by rejoicing with God about how He is working in our children’s lives, about souls who have been saved, about healings, deliverances, and blessings. “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10). We can share our enthusiasm about new insights we have received from God’s Word and receive even deeper revelation.
It warms our hearts when our children come and talk to us because they are excited about something and just want to share their joy. It is so much more welcome than only hearing from them when they need something. We love to rejoice with our children, and God loves to rejoice with us! “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Romans 12:15).
So, when it is time to pray, it is time to rejoice!
Liane Grant is a certified English/French translator, and the author of the devotional journal Order My Steps and the book Schedule Your Dream. She and her husband Scott are Career Church Planters in Montreal-Quebec under the UPCI Metro Missions program. Liane serves as the Quebec Ladies Ministries President and is the founder and project manager of The King’s Translators, a group of volunteers dedicated to providing apostolic resources in French.
(Info from: UPCI Ladies Ministries – email@example.com)