A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
Prayer is about getting God…
The most important activity you need to engage in today is prayer. Writing on the importance of prayer in his first letter to the Thessalonians Paul penned, “Never stop praying.” I don’t think Paul means we need to pray non-stop 24/7 I think what he means is contained in chapter 4 Philippians.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7, NLT)
Paul understood that God was a part of his life from head to toe and everything in between he knew prayer was his lifeline to God. Experience taught Paul just because he asked God for something God was not obligated to give it to him but what God would give him was himself. Out of his prayer experience Paul was able to break it down to three steps: Tell God what you need… Thank him for what he’s done in your life… Experience God’s presence…
My own experience with prayer has taught me: Out of our prayers come our experiences with God. That doesn’t mean each time we bow our heads and pray we are suddenly going to find ourselves enveloped in a mountain top experience with God. However, what it does mean is through the Holy Spirit God is present with us and it is God’s presence that is the answer to our prayers.
There’s an important component of prayer that is often overlooked the component of prayer I am talking about is trust; trust that God will do what is right. Trust is that component of prayer that opens us up to God’s Peace. Trust is that component of prayer that assures us that with our “Amen” we can know that the work of God has just begun and God will see it to the end.
Prayer isn’t about getting things – Prayer is about getting God!
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
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