…you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. (1 Peter 2:2-3)
This morning I was reflecting on the tradition of placing milk and cookies out for Santa. I remember as a child being so excited on Christmas Eve to place the cookies under the tree in eager anticipation that Santa would come to our home to bring us gifts. I’d eagerly pick out the cookies we had baked to leave under the tree thinking how excited Santa would be to have a little treat when he arrived.
Now that our children are grown, that tradition has been shelved, but I still bake cookies for the holidays. And it always seems you can’t have the cookies without the milk afterwards. The two seem to go together in our household. Enjoy a cookie, and afterwards, you crave a little glass of milk to wash it down, to complete the experience and complement the taste. Together, they satisfy, separately we are left longing for more.
God has opened my eyes today to the importance of coming to Him not through His word only, but through prayer as well. For me, I often spend time reading His Word and journaling, but neglect taking the time to come to the Lord in prayer. Or sometimes I run through a “list” of needs without taking the time to share my heart with Him and listen for His still small voice to encourage me and lift me up each day. It is through prayer that God longs to satisfy our soul, to nourish us in a way that scripture reading alone cannot. Do you crave time in prayer with the Lord, or like me, have you neglected this key component to spiritual growth?
Scripture and prayer complement one another. As we read God’s words, we have the wonderful opportunity to worship Him by praying scripture back to HIm. Worshiping Him for who He is and all that He has done for us. By taking some time alone in prayer we get to see God’s heart for us, that He longs to hear our voice, for us to speak the words on our heart and to fully surrender our burdens to Him. Without prayer, we are left longing for something to fill us in the deep recesses of our hearts that only God can fill.
God is teaching me the joy of praying, of partaking in the sweet delight of His love through scripture and then drinking in His love for me through prayer. Done together, there’s a richness and deep sense of joy and contentment in my soul that He alone provides.
Take some time today and pray. Pray with eager anticipation knowing God is with you in that holy moment, waiting to satisfy and nourish you soul. If you need a starting point, use Psalm 63:1-8 to help you begin.
May God touch your heart with His love today,