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PRAYER 

 

I.          What is Prayer?

 

Prayer is communication with God.  It is a conversation between you and God.  It involves our talking to God and also listening to what God has to say to us.  In any healthy, growing relationship there needs to be good communication or it will never last.  Think of your best friend.  You became close because you shared yourself (thoughts, dreams, desires, feelings) with each other.  Our relationship with God is no different.  In James 4:8 we are told “if you draw near to God He will draw near to us.”  The more we open ourselves up to God, the more of Himself He will reveal to us.

 

II.        Important Things to Remember About Prayer

 

1)  Believe that God hears you and that He care for your needs.  He wants to be

intimately involved in your life  (Jeremiah 29:11-13 and 1 Peter 5:6-7).

2)  Be honest.  God wants to know what is on your heart.  Don’t be afraid to tell

Him your deepest, darkest thoughts and feelings.  Remember, He knows

them anyway (Matthew 6:7-8).

Often times we try to over-spiritualize our prayers.  We pray what we think God wants to hear rather than what is in our hearts.  Let your feelings show!  God is big enough to handle them.  Read Psalm 77 and Jeremiah 20:7-18.  Even Jesus in the Garden before He was to be crucified asked God if there was another way He could go (Matthew 26:36-46).  It is important to remember that after we have vented our feelings, we come back to God as Christ did and say, “not my will but your will be done.”

 

3)  Be yourself.  Talk normally.  God knows your voice and He likes to hear it.

Remember He made it that way.

4)  Don’t count on your feelings.  You may not always want to pray -- Do it

anyway!  The Bible says in Colossians 4:2 to be devoted to prayer.  The

true growing times come when you do things even when you don’t want

to.  Prayer is not a magical fix-it-all.  Sometimes we have these great

expectations of what we will get when we pray, and it just doesn’t

happen.  Even though we don’t feel any different inside, our spirits are

growing stronger and closer to God.

5)  Keep at it.  Jesus told a few stories on why you should not give up (Luke

11:5-8; 18:1-8).  Even if it seems like God is silent in answering, He will

always bring Himself.  And, in the end, I that is what we all really want.

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