I hope everyone rested well yesterday (the sermon was on creating margin in your life). I know I did.
If we are intentionally creating more space in our lives, and learning to unplug from the noisy, busy, hectic world more often, we will find more time to pray (busyness and noise are prayer killers).
Prayer is not natural (especially in the can-do, pull yourself up by your bootstraps culture we live in).
Prayer (for yourself and others) recognizes your need.
Prayer identifies your limitations.
Prayer demonstrates dependence on someone other than yourself (God).
For these reasons, for most of us, prayer does not come easy.
But it is so important to pray…it may be the most formative and most productive spiritual practice. When you pray, you bring your life to God and you say, “Enter in here please, cause I need you.” In doing this, you are in fact recognizing His character, His power, & His providence. And you are inviting Him into your life.
Prayer can also be a shared experience. I wonder, when we are together and share difficulties or struggles, why prayer is not a more natural joint response. Praying together can be a unique bonding experience (it requires both humility and honesty, two things that work to enhance relationship)
This week, let us look for every chance to pray together. And in our quiet moments, let us invite God more readily into our lives
Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message) – “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
Grace & peace,
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