DEVOTIONAL: “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.” 1 John 3:21-22, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Keys of Prayer… “Certainly we know prayer is not a magic genie lamp.” But God still desires for us to come before Him in prayer. The last fives keys of prayer are linked to our relationship with fellow Christians and, above all, God. “Praying in agreement with other believers” is important in our spiritual growth. When we gather we learn to pray for others in ways we just cannot do alone. “The power and beauty of united prayer is a gift we too often leave untouched and unopened.” How often do we gather specifically to pray as a church, or as families?
“Praying while fasting” helps to removes certain distractions in life. “Praying from an obedient life”, “…while abiding in Christ”, and “…while delighting in the Lord” remind us of what prayer and our Christian journey is truly all about. “When God becomes your greatest delight and first love…then you are in a position for Him to bless you with your heart’s desire.” What distractions do we face daily? What can we remove to grow in obedience, abiding and delighting in the Lord Almighty?