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How’s Our Prayer Life

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

IMG_0301It is a common subject on this blog page to ask about our prayer life. I truly believe that a person’s prayer life reveals a lot about their walk with God.  Like in a good marriage – the way we talk to and the frequency of our conversations with our spouse is a good indicator of the health of the marriage. A person’s prayer life is also very revealing about the relationship they have with God. I believe we can draw a parallel between our prayer life and our relationship with God.  As our prayer life goes – so goes our relationship with God.  What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?

Jesus – yes – God the Son – spent a great deal of time conversing with God the Father through prayer – and they were tight!  Here are a few Scriptures that give us a glimpse of Jesus at prayer. Continue reading

March 18, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How’s Our Prayer Life?

Luke 6:12

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

IMG_0301Many people – when asked – say they have a hard time coming up with things to pray about if asked to spend more than 10-15 minutes in prayer – as if prayer has to be scripted or detailed.  Today’s passage reminds me of times when I spent hours – even all night – praying.  During those times – it was more important to be in God’s presence – and to listen to God speak – instead of having an agenda or a pat prayer to say.

Here are some questions this morning. Why do we pray? What do we seek in prayer? Do we expect God to be some sort of Genie – where we evoke His name in prayer and poof – we get what we ask for – instantaneously? What are our expectations in prayer?

As we answer those questions – we might begin to examine our prayer life. Prayer is our communication with God. Our prayer time is that personal time or even cooperate time of being personal with God. Getting real and personal with God is something that is amazing – God allows us to come into His presence and voice our heart! Continue reading

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How’s Your Prayer Life? It can take you to the next level spiritually!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Several times on this blog we have typed/talked about our prayer life. I truly believe that a person’s prayer life reveals a lot about their walk with God.  Like in a good marriage – the way we talk to and the frequency of our conversations with our spouse – a person’s prayer life is very revealing about the relationship they have with God. I believe we can draw a parallel between our prayer life and our relationship with God.  As our prayer life goes – so goes our relationship with God.  What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?

Jesus – yes – God the Son – spent a great deal of time conversing with God the Father through prayer – and they were tight!  Here are a few Scriptures that give us a glimpse of Jesus at prayer.

Mark 1:35 – Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. The early morning is a great time to spend intimate time with God.  Early is a great time to get things right – to set the course of our day – to put on the spiritual armor of God. If you are like me – you are not a morning person – but it is a great time to get things started on the right foot.  Make the effort to start your day talking with God.

Luke 6:12 – One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Have you ever lost sleep in worry over something or the other?  Have you wrestled decisions all night?  Some of my best sleepless nights have been times when I was wrestling with God over something in my life.  Have you ever prayed through something – all night long?  If not – try it!

Luke 5:16 – Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Do we spend time with God – alone – and on a regular basis?  When is the last time you went out and found a quite place to sit and talk with God?

What is your prayer life like?  Do you feel like you are in a rut – spiritually?  Do you yearn for something that will help take you to the next level?  May I suggest that you increase your prayer life?  I simply mean – spend more time conversing with God.  And don’t do all the talking!  Sit and listen for God to speak with you!

Today’s passage says – Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Speak often with the Lord – give God your ear and speak your heart to Him – continually throughout the day – and see how it might impact your spiritual life.  It might just help take you to the next level you desire!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Prayer | , , , | 1 Comment

What Is Your Prayer Life Like? How Does It Stack Up Against Your TV Time?

Luke 6:12

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

What is your prayer life like?  I mean – do you have a regular time of prayer – of conversing with God?  As we strive to model Jesus – and His life and ministry – as His disciples – His prayer life is held before us.  In this passage he went aside from the others and spent the night praying to the Father.  Have you ever spent a whole night praying?  What is your regular prayer life like?

I think that most of us would be embarrassed if the amount of time (so little) we spend in prayer were added up and compared to the amount of time we spend – say – watching our favorite team play a single game.  It is football season and the Ravens and Redskins just won big games this past Sunday and both are in first place.  I got home from church and switched between both games from about 1-4 pm – 3 hours.  That didn’t count the pre-game radio show I listened to on the way home from church or the after game show!  It was probably about 4 hours of football (and I didn’t even watch the second game and might not watch the night game).

If you were to watch three games on a Sunday – that might add up to anywhere from 9-12 hours or so of football.  Add up all of the time you spend in a single week and it probably doesn’t add up to that total.  What does this say about our love for football vs. our love for God?  I could even cut us some slack and allow us to add up the 2-3 hours we spent at church Sunday morning and the few hours we spend during the week.  We could even add in the time we spend in the Bible for a whole week and for most of us – it still wouldn’t equal the time some of us spend on Sundays watching a sport!  And that isn’t counting Monday & Thursday night football or Saturday’s college games.

What is your prayer life like?  Does your prayer life show God that you love Him?  Do we love Him more than a sport?  Are we more upset when we miss our favorite team on TV or in person or when we miss worship or our devotional time?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

October 12, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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