Essentials To Spiritual Growth - Part 3

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving…Col. 4:2 (NKJV)

We are looking at a five part devotional series titled, Essentials to Spiritual Growth.  In Part 2 of this series we looked at the second of four essential things I believe we need to implement into our lives if we are to mature and grow in our Christian walk.  In Part 3 we are going to look at the next essential practice to foster our spiritual growth, which is—

·      We need to pray 

One of the most intimidating things for some Christians to do is to pray.  For some, they are intimidated to speak out loud for fear of not praying eloquently enough, and for others they simply have never really learned what prayer is.

It is not my intention to attempt to give a complete thesis on prayer, but I do want to give some basic information as to what it is, and why we do it. Prayer is simply communicating with God, which entails both listening to and talking with Him.  We can pray from our hearts, spontaneously, and by using our own words.  We can pray within our minds quietly, or use our mouths audibly.  We can pray in whatever way we find comfortable, and in a way where we will be the least distracted. 

There is no specific position we need to physically be in before the Lord hears our prayer either.  We have examples from God's Word for the following positions:

·      On our knees (See 1 Kings 8:45)

·      Bowing (See Exodus 4:31)

·      On our faces (See 2 Chronicles 20:18; Matthew 26:39)

·      Standing upright (See 1 Kings 8:22)

We should think of praying to God as speaking with our best friend—someone we can safely share every intimate secret with— someone who will never betray our confidence and who will always listen and give us perfect advice.  God is the type of friend who will tell us what is good and true, rather than telling us what we want to hear in the heat of the moment.

When we pray to God and tell Him about the things in our life, we can start to get His perspective and plan for guiding us.  So we should tell Him everything, including the things making us feel afraid, angry, anxious, or bitter.  Truth be told, God already knows everything we are going through, how we feel, or what we are going to pray about, but when we seek Him in prayer, we are identifying we need help in processing these feelings, and we want His help in guiding us through, because we know His way is perfect.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today, start praying (talking) to God, and to make Him your best friend.  In Part 4 of this series we will take a look at two key reasons why we should as Christians, be praying to God.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 4:2, how are we to pray to God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you continuing to pray earnestly, and thankfully?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s make it our aim to be earnest in our praying, and let’s be sure to be thankful to God in everything.

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for allowing us to come to You in prayer directly. Help us today in every aspect of our lives, and guide us in all understanding through Your word, and the leading of Your Spirit.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




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