For decades I have prayed the Psalm 25 supplication: “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.” (Psalm 25:4 KJV)
God has ways that can be understood, ways that can take up residence in a believing heart.
Later in the Psalms we read:
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.” (Psalm 84:5 KJV)
In the King James Version words that are not present in the original text and were added to aid understanding are in italics.
This beautiful verse actually reads:
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways.” (Psalm 84:5 KJV)
I want to know the ways, and that the ways would be in my heart.
I believe that the ways of prayer are ones that the Lord reveals to those who seek Him.
Although there are principles, and laws that govern the spiritual exercise of prayer, ultimately it is not about a method or anything that could be crunched in a manual. The ways we are speaking of are not a simple step 1, step 2, step 3.
There is a mystery to them that can only be experienced by those who pursue the knowledge of them. God is Father who likes to store surprises for His children, and the place and playground of prayer is full of them.
As Psalm 25 continues:
“What man is he that feareth the LORD? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” (Psalm 25:12–14 KJV)
This will happen as you pray.
As you pray.
He will usher you into experiences you never imagined. Encounters you did not envisage. Doors will open and revelations will be handed to you that you did not ask for.
Our Father is the God of over and above, and for His friends He reserves exceptional blessings indeed.