The Amazing Things About Prayer

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Philippians 4:6

When a relationship with God or a walk with God is mentioned, I always think of two things. I think about either my Bible reading or I think about my prayer life.

For me, it has always been easier to read my Bible than it has been to pray. Recently, I have working on my prayer life. I have been studying the Bible on prayer and I have found a few things that amaze me about prayer. Today’s blog is an extended version of a message I preached in our Children’s Church this past Sunday. So if it seems a little elementary, it was geared for 1st-6th graders. I wanted them to understand how amazing prayer really is and how important it is for our Christian life.

The definition of prayer is an earnest request or wish, an address to God in word or thought. I know that we can dig deeper into the meaning of prayer but like I said, I wanted to keep it simple for the children. 

As a Christian, we need to grow in our relationship with Christ. We should continually grow nearer everyday to Him. The two main ingredients in our relationship with Christ is Bible reading (which is God talking to us) and prayer (which is us talking to God.)

Relationships are built on communication. No one can ever become friends with someone without talking to that person. You cannot build a friendship without communication. If you do not talk to someone for years, your friendship will dwindle. 

The illustration that I used in Children’s Church was that of marriage. My wife and I just celebrated five years of marriage. Over those five years, we have talked a lot. We have discussed many different topics and I know my wife better now than I did when we were first married, because we talk to each other every single day! Over the next five years, if my wife and I stopped talking and didn’t spend time together, than there is a major issue going on and our relationship is falling apart.

If I want to grow closer to Christ, if I want to strengthen my relationship with Christ, I am going to have to talk to Him. I can read my Bible all day and let Him speak to me, but if I don’t spend time in prayer than I am not growing closer to Him.

The amazing things about prayer are the following. They are simple things that we as adults should be reminded of.

Anyone can pray! It doesn’t matter who you are, you can pray. God doesn’t look at your social standing or your bank account. He doesn’t care what kind of car you drive or the clothes you wear. God will always hear you pray. Whether a grown-up or a child, God will listen. Whatever the color of your skin or the language you speak, God hears your prayer. I am thankful that God hears anyone and everyone’s prayer. He has heard mine, even when I don’t deserve it and for that I am thankful.

You can pray Anywhere! No matter where you are, you can pray. Daniel prayed in his house and then in the lion’s den. Jonah prayed from a whale’s belly. Paul prayed while in a prison. Jesus prayed in a garden and then while hanging on the cross. David prayed in the fields tending his sheep and then from the palace of the king. God will hear your prayers no matter where you are in your life.

You can pray about Anything. I think that we forget that the Bible says “let your requests be made known unto God.” Whether you have big problems or little problems, you can take them to God in prayer! Whether a lot of people know you’re request or you alone know, you can still take it to the Lord. Don’t ever think that your request is stupid or insignificant, God will listen to you! He wants you to come to Him with your requests!

In closing, I reminded the children that God will always answer your prayer, although you may not like the answer. He will give a yes, or a no, or a wait….whatever the answer, just keep praying. 

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Steaks and Milkshakes

Steaks and milkshakes.

If I gave this choice to my daughter, it would always be milkshakes! Why? Because it is sweet and yummy and just a good snack! Most kids would probably choose milkshakes over steaks because its ice cream and sweet and sugary.

As an adult, I do love a caramel milkshake! But even better, give me a nice medium-well ribeye steak and I will be happy!

We went to Golden Corral a couple weeks ago and the chef grilling the steaks was fantastic that night. Honestly some of the best steak I have ever had. I had 2 of them, that’s how good they were! While I was wondering how I could get another steak, my daughter was concerned about getting some ice cream and chocolate covered marshmallows. We were at the same place, yet we wanted different types of food.

I love how the Bible is so profound that it is simple, yet so simple that it is profound. You see, there is something in the Bible for every stage of the Christian life. Whether you are a newborn Christian or an old-seasoned vet of the Christian life, there is something in the Word of God for you.

I have 2 girls, when they were born, they lived and survived on milk. They weren’t eating steak. They hadn’t grown teeth and a desire and appetite for steak. They needed that milk to grow. As they have grown up, they now eat meat, but they still like that sweet stuff more than the savory food.

In the Christian life, you need the milk of the Word to be able to grow. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” I Peter 2:2 Even God’s Word says that milk is need for babies to grow. We need the milk of the Word to grow spiritually!

But just like a child who can’t live on just milk, neither can the Christian. At some point, meat is needed, something with substance to it. A Christian has to have some meat or steak in his spiritual diet to continue to grow as a Christian.

I was thinking about the difference between milk and meat, between steaks and milkshakes and the simplest difference between the two is this; milk starts the growth, meat sustains the growth.

Milk or milkshakes is quickly and easily digested. There is really no substance to it. The milk of the Word of God, is the things that are easy to put your faith and trust in. The things that are clearly and precisely stated in the Bible. These things are milk. Take the 10 Commandments, to me that is milk of the Word. There is nothing that you have to study or decipher or even really consider, they are commands by God so we follow them. The standards and guidelines that God clearly gives us should be accepted like drinking a glass of milk. They aren’t always that easy to follow but we should, because that is the basis to growth.

Meat or steaks takes time to cook. You have to properly season it and cook it. You have to make sure whatever you are cooking it on is ready to go. You have to wait for it to cook all the way through. Steak takes time. There are things in the Bible that I have read many times before, but now when I read them, I just now see the truth in it. Steak is like meditating and studying the Bible. Steak takes longer to prepare and cook than a milkshake, but the savory goodness of it is worth it.

As I grow older, I love a good steak, but I still need to drink milk. You cannot live on just milk or meat, you need them both in your life. In the spiritual life, we continue to grow by drinking the milk, living by the commands that plainly given; yet, we need the meat of the Word. The things we can ponder and meditate on throughout the day.

Don’t starve yourself from one or the other! Enjoy them both! Get in the Word of God daily and feed yourself His Word! You will grow more than just attending church three times a week. Imagine if you only ate 3 times a week, after a while, you wouldn’t be doing so good. Read your Bible and pray everyday to continue your Christian growth.

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Bible Reading Thoughts – Job’s Hedge

I started a chronological Bible reading plan this year and today, I started the book of Job. Job has always been an interesting character to look at because of His relationship with God and his trials with Satan.

Join me in 2019, in reading your Bible through chronologically!

In Job 1:1, we see the characteristic of Job. He was a perfect and upright man and one that feareth God.

In Job 1:6-12, we see the communication between the Lord and Satan. The Lord was asking Satan if he had ever considered tempting Job. Satan knew who Job was and the kind of man he was.

In Job 1:13-19, we see the catastrophic events that changed Job’s life forever. He lost his sons and daughters, he lost his livestock, he lost everything he had.

In Job 1:21-22, we see Job counting his blessings, knowing everything he had was from the Lord.

But in this whole chapter, the thing that stuck out the most to me is found in verse 10. It says, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” That phrase, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him” made me start thinking about my own life. Do I have a hedge about me? Is God protecting me like He protected Job?

How to get that hedge of protection from God? The answer is simple. Live a perfect and upright life, fear God and eschew evil. Easier said than done, right? We should live in such a way that God wants to protect us from Satan. Walk with God, fellowship with God, have a relationship with God. Remember, Satan can only do what God allows him to do.

Realize that even if you are in the hedges, there will still be trials and tribulations in life. Job did everything he was supposed to do, yet God still allowed him to be persecuted. When we are persecuted, remember we still have blessings to be thankful of, no matter how few they seem.

So the thought for today is this, Do I have the hedges of God’s protection around me? Or, am I just in place where it is open season for Satan to attack me?

The best place to start getting those hedges of protection is walking with God. Read your Bible and pray every day. Fellowship with Him!

Join me in 2019, in reading your Bible through chronologically!

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