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February 8, 2016

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”  1 John 5:14

            Two very important questions come to mind this week.  How much time do you spend in prayer?  How effective is your prayer life?  In order for our prayer life to be effective, we must spend time with our Father.  A recent statistic states that church members spend about four minutes per day in prayer while pastors spend about seven minutes each day communicating with God.  Much of that time is probably spent sharing with God our list for the day.  It is like going grocery shopping and marking items off our list.  What is the real purpose of prayer?  It is NOT to bend God’s will to make it fit what we desire.  Many believe that prayer is somehow talking God into doing something that He would not ordinarily do.

            So, what is the real purpose of prayer?  The purpose of prayer is for our desires to line up with God’s will.  Prayer is about seeking the will of God and following it daily.  God always knows what is best for us and desires for us to achieve it.  However, we often approach God’s will as something we “have” to do rather than something we “get” to do.  Adrian Rogers once said, “God wants for you what you would want for yourself if you had enough sense to ask for it”.  God loves us so much and wants to see us make wise and meaningful choices.  We all feel that at times God has withheld a positive answer to our request.  At those times, God may very well be waiting for us to desire His will rather than ours.

            Prayer is our opportunity of close fellowship with our Father.  It is through this fellowship that we have the privilege to know more about God, His ways, and His will.  Yet, if we are not spending time (quality time) with God, we find ourselves offering up to Him our “grocery list” of wants that we very well may not receive.  Now, is it wrong to pray about personal issues and needs?  Certainly not!  However, we must remember that the proper way to pray about those is in conformity with the will of God.  That is why we must completely trust God because we do not have the ability to see into the future nor to determine exactly what needs to be done in our lives.  Successful prayer is growing in our walk with God to the extent that we are seeking His will and joining Him in what He desires to accomplish.   As we think about our prayer life, let us commit to spend more time (quality time) with God each day and be determined to seek His will above all other things.

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia

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