October 14, 2020
When You Pray
Earlier this week, we looked at prayer and how, when you pray, God can do great and mighty things through it. Prayer is powerful, but prayer is much more than a conduit for God to do great things. Prayer is also having a personal, intimate relationship with Him. God invites us to talk with Him and spend time with Him through the power of prayer. Before the veil was rent (Ephesians 2:13-16), only priests had access to the temple to offer sacrifices and to petition on people's behalf, but now we all have the boldness to enter into the holiness and commune with the Lord through prayer (Hebrews 10:19-22). Prayer is communication with the Lord, not reciting prayers, phrases, or quotes as some religions teach. It's having a relationship with the Creator of the universe. Too often, prayer is the last resort that we will do, but it should be our first instinct. Don't take for granted the power of prayer and how you have the privilege to talk to the Lord about your day, cast burdens on Him, ask Him your needs, and to ask for His wisdom, direction, and discernment. He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7) and wants to have a relationship with you. So, continue to pray to build your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 6:7-8 (KJV)
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