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The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-3

The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-Part III

He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness.
Job 33:26 (NKJV)

In the first two parts of this series on the 4-essential things that each new believer should implement into their lives, to promote spiritual growth we looked at:

1.    Read your bible daily
2.    Attend Church services regularly

In Parts III and IV we are going to continue on to the next essential to spiritual growth on our list.  And that is:

3.    Pray Daily

One of the most intimidating things for some Christians is to pray.  It doesn't matter if it is openly and out loud, or within the confines of some quiet place; for them it has become something to put off or avoid; and for many reasons. 

Let us be clear on this though, we don't have to hold some special position or be religiously devout, nor do we have to be apart of the church clergy to pray. We don't have to use great articulation or oratory to speak with God either.  Prayer is not saying the same thing over and over again in vane repetition. 

"When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again." Matthew 6:7 (NLT)

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. So let us start.

Q:    What is prayer?

A:    Prayer is simply communicating with God, which entails both listening to Him, and talking with Him. 

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 1Kings 8:45)
"    Bowing (See Exodus 4:31)
"    On our faces (See 2Chronicles 20:18; Matthew 26:39)
"    Standing upright (See 1Kings 8:22)

We can pray from our hearts, spontaneously, and by using our own words.  We can pray within our minds, or use our mouths audibly.  You can pray in whatever way you find comfortable, and in a way where you will be the least distracted. 

Prayer has been a part of mankind since our very beginning. We see Seth and his sons calling upon the name of the Lord in Genesis 4:26).  At this point, you might be thinking, "Hey that's great Pastor Scott, but I don't see why I should pray personally."

Think of praying to God as speaking with a best friend, someone you can safely share every intimate secret with; someone who will never betray your confidence and who will always listen and give good advice.  God is the type of friend who will tell you what is good and true, rather than telling you what you want to hear in the heat of the moment.  He usually does this, and then affirms it soon after in a message, or as you are reading His Word.

When we pray to God and tell Him about the things in our life, we can start to get His perspective and plan for helping us through these tough times.  So we should tell Him everything. 

*    Tell Him everything that is making you feel bad. 
*    Tell Him about everything that is causing you to be afraid. 
*    Tell Him about the things that are making you a person who doubts. 
*    Tell Him about the things that are making you sad.  
*    Tell Him about the things that are making you angry. 
*    Tell Him about the things that are making you anxious and nervous.
*    Ask Him what He would want you to know concerning these feelings
*    Ask Him to help you with every detail of dealing with them.

Truth be told, He already knows everything you are going to tell Him.  But when we tell Him, we are identifying that we need help in processing these feelings, and that we want His help in guiding us through, because we know His way is perfect, and we don't understand all that we need to know at times. 

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 our last Part of this series we will take a look two-key-reasons why we should as Christians, be praying to God.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Job 33:26, what are the benefits of going to God in prayer?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying (talking) to God about everything, or waiting for a crisis before you go to Him?

APPLICATION: Start praying (talking) to God about every aspect of your life.  Ask Him to guide you in everything you do, and you will be richly blessed. 

Father, Thank You for allowing me to come to You in prayer directly.  Thank You that by Jesus dying on the cross, I may now speak with You intimately.  Help me today in every aspect of my life, and guide me in all understanding.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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