Prayer | Part 3

Pastor Chris wraps up our series on Prayer with part 3. When we started this series, I really wanted to say something profound. Find something in scripture that would completely change our prayer life. But the reality is, there is nothing I can say that Christians don’t already know about prayer. If you grew up in the church, have been around for a little while, you know about prayer. You know what you should spend time praying. Yet, there sometimes happens to be a cycle of guilt for not praying enough. This series was not meant to bring any guilt to you. But to encourage you to consider your prayer life. Really take stock of where it is and where you can grow and expand your relationship with God.

Tim Keller, pastor and author says, “If we knew all that God knows, we would answer prayer in the exact same way.” We can get stuck sometimes in our prayer life when God doesn’t answer our prayers or we don’t get the answer that we want.

Oswald Chambers, author says, “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense.” How are we using our prayer life? Is it just when we find ourself in a hard place? With our back against the wall? What if we went to God even before we had any needs in our life?

C.S. Lewis, apologist and author says, “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.” We don’t change God when we pray. We doesn’t all of a sudden respond or act in our lives because we prayed. We begin to see a little clearer in the way that God sees the world and we being to get in line with the will of God.

Yet somewhere along the way, prayer has turned into this perfect formula that had to be done just right. We don’t pray because we haven’t prayed. We don’t pray because we don’t feel that we have earned the right to pray.  God just wants to hear from us and spend time with us. He does hear us, He does know where we are in life and He responds. No specific order and no special language. If you think about it. There is nothing that you can say or pray to God that will surprise Him. Only relationship that there are no secrets. No thought secrets, no areas of your life that God does not see or know about. Yet, He still loves us, wants to spend time with us and cares more deeply for us than those who don’t know our secrets.

Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Take time today and spend some moments in prayer with God. Give him praise for the victory that you have seen in your life. Ask in petition for Christ to move in your life and help you hour by hour or even minute by minute. Petition God for forgiveness for the mistakes that you have made and confess the times that you have not trusted Him and His shepherding in your life.

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