I have times when I am overwhelmed by God’s presence when I’m praying and I also know the feeling of loneliness as my pleas seem to simply hang heavy in the air around me.
I know God’s promises to hear the prayers of His children. Promises like…
The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them.Psalm 145:18–19
So, I know my feelings have everything to do with me and nothing to do with God.
Which is why I decided to ask some of my friends the question…
How Do You See Jesus When You Pray?
Here are some of their answers and the Scriptures that I believe support their thoughts…
♥ Shannon wrote – Most often I’m like Mary sitting at His feet. Sometimes he’s just sitting right beside me and sometimes I’m bombarding heaven.
Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught … There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”Luke 10:39,42
♥ Marva wrote – I honestly think God laughs at me sometimes. I imagine I’m gently resting my head on His shoulders as I tell him all my worries.
One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against Him, his head on His shoulder.John 13:23 (MSG)
♥ Diana wrote – I start off in my prayer visualizing the Father seated on the throne – Almighty and Powerful. As I praise Him for who He is, as I pour my
I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb … And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”Revelation 7:9a,10
♥ Carmen wrote – I often picture myself kneeling before Him. My face on the ground to his feet. His demeanor is always welcoming, peaceful, and the intensity of feeling the holy spirit always makes me cry to Him in a humble manner.
“Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told HMark 5:33–34
imthe whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
♥ Sarah wrote – When I feel anxious, I imagine God holding me securely in His hand.
From eternity to eternity I am God.Isaiah 43:13
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.
♥ Cathy wrote – I often picture Jesus walking beside me along a mountain trail (my favorite place to be). But sometimes, I’m sitting at His feet, my head on His knees, and He’s stroking my hair like my dad did when I was little.
Jesus and His disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, He asked them, “Who do people say I am?”Mark 8:27
♥ Ann wrote – I picture Him on the throne interceding for me at times. Other times, holding my right hand as Isaiah says.
Who then can say we are guilty? It was Christ Jesus Who died. He was raised from the dead. He is on the right side of God praying to Him for us.Romans 8:34 (NLV)
♥ Rachel wrote – I often picture Jesus sitting beside me, or walking alongside me. Sometimes we
For theZephaniah 3:17
Lordyour God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
♥ Elaine wrote – When I pray or practice my singing, I often picture God and Jesus on their thrones.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.Hebrews 4:16
♥ Joan wrote – It is different at different times. Sometimes He’s holding me
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.Psalm 66:18–20
How do I see Jesus when I pray?
I share many of the thoughts expressed by my friends. At different times in my life, I’ve pictured Jesus sitting beside me. I’ve imagined the Father sitting on His throne. I’ve walked with Him and I’ve fallen flat on my face before Him in repentance.
But how do I see Jesus most often lately?
I imagine Him waiting for me at the well.
Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well.John 4:6
He knows what it’s like to be worn out by life and yet … He waits for me.
And I’m a mess. Life has been hard. It hasn’t gone the way I hoped and dreamed. I tried but my failures have labeled me and I feel judged by those who have done better.
As I approach Him, Jesus doesn’t judge me although He knows the truth, not based on gossip or innuendo but fact. He knows everything about me. He’s aware of every sin … things I’ve done and things I’ve left undone. And yet, He doesn’t turn away but invites me into a conversation. He leans in and listens.
And He offers me compassion, kindness, and hope.
The time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”John 4:23–26
The Savior of the world. The Word made flesh. The Lord of lords and King of kings. The Messiah invites me to know His saving grace … to be forgiven. Not because I’ve done anything to earn or deserve it but simply because that is who He is!
Because of who He is … I can boldly pray to and worship the Father. I can approach the One who is on the throne. I can sit at my Savior’s feet and learn His will for me. I can face each day with hope knowing that I am forgiven and loved.
And I can enthusiastically tell others about Him.
Friend, Jesus is waiting for you. He already knows everything about you and everything you are are going through … He cares. He loves you.
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