Monday, January 23, 2012

PRAYER is part of my life

Our church family and some friends just completed a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil praying for our community and those in our area who are in need.  It is our desire to meet needs and to share Jesus with people who don’t have hope, but you don’t just start serving people.  There is a connection to God and a passion that He puts in our heart that is vitally important.

Some people serve to make themselves feel good or even to look good.  That is another reason to check our motives.  God’s call on my life is to serve people that are often overlooked or forgotten.  This began with seeing needs, but this became a passion and a reality as I talked to God about it.

Prayer is part of my life.  Prayer is not some ritual that Christians take part in or something we resort to when things are not good.  Prayer is our connection with the God who loves, cares for and put Himself on the line for us.

Years ago I made a commitment to pray immediately for people who I met that were in need when I learned of their need.  That flows over into the times when someone asks me to pray, and I believe that it is important to pray at that moment for their request.  Prayer connects us to God, but prayer also connects us to others.

Never stop praying.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Prayer connects us with God who is able.  There is nothing too hard for God, nothing too far from Him, and there is nothing our God can’t do. 

If we want God to use us and to give us passion, it will begin with and be in proportion to our time with Him in prayer.  The vision God has given me is not about putting my name or our church name on the sign.  It is about opening doors to help people find hope and reach their dreams.  That is such a huge thing that I can’t miss time with God.

In prayer, I meet God.  In prayer, I share with God.  In prayer, I hear from God.  In prayer, I find answers to the questions I’m asking.  In prayer, I find the humility that I need to make it through.  Prayer is part of my life, and I pray it is an important part of your life.

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