Saturday, March 12, 2016

Who Have You Been Talking To?

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I have to say that I am so thankful that I attend the church that I do. My pastor preached a sermon on prayer a few weeks ago. I sat down this evening and started reading through my notes and I love how God can speak new things to us. Prayer is such an important part of our relationship with God. It is our opportunity to talk with God, and for Him to talk to us.

Think about it...we serve a God that gives us the option to speak with Him on a daily basis, and yet one statistic states that most Christians spend less than 7 minutes a day in prayer.
Wow! When I heard that statistic it absolutely floored me!  Less than 7 minutes a day. That would be less than 49 minutes in a week, or around 3 hours in a month. OUCH! I talk to my co-workers more than that!! So....we talk to God less than 7 minutes a day which is less than most people we deem acquaintances.

I Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to "Pray continually." I love that verse. I too have struggled with the discipline of prayer in my life. I felt like it had to be at a certain time, for so many minutes, I had to follow certain rules, I wanted to sound like so-and-so, blah, blah.....
I tied myself up so much that I crippled my own prayer life. I love the freedom found in spending time with a God that is with me everywhere I go. Prayer should be relational not ritualistic. We serve a God that desires to be a part of our day to day life.

My pastor shared a comment in his sermon that impacted me. He said, "A desire that is never transformed into a prayer is never answered." James 4:2 backs that statement up when it says, " have not because you ask not..." Does God know everything? YES! Doesn't He already know what I need? YES! So why do I need to ask Him for it? He longs for us to come to Him, just like we long to have our children come to us and crawl up in our laps and let us know what is going on in their lives. He never leaves us or forsakes us, and He desires to hear our hearts. He knows our desires and needs, but He wants to hear our voice. He wants to hear your voice!


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