“I don’t like that question.”  “Well then, why did you ask it?” “I guess I wanted to see if there was anyone else out there that wrestled over some levels of guilt like me.”  Does that sound like you?  I came across a quote by Max Lucado that was an encouraging reminder to me about the importance of prayer.  Here it is…

 "Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference." - Max Lucado

 I believe that prayer is one of the least understood and probably the least practiced Christian discipline; and yet it can provide the most profoundly powerful and intimate connection with God, while achieving massive victories in both the physical and spiritual realm. It is too vital to ignore!

 Prayer is a powerful way of partnering with God in achieving His purposes. In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus’ prayed to his Father and said: “Let your Kingdom come; let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This should be our prayer too.

I want to see God’s will being achieved in my life, in your life, in the life of our church, and in our community; and prayer is where it usually begins.  Seeking God’s will and praying for it to be fulfilled can be exciting. I feel very close to God when I am joining with him in prayer for His power to be released and His will accomplished. God uses our prayers!

 There are no precise rules with prayer. Prayer is essentially spiritual, so as you begin to pray and connect with God, the Holy Spirit will help you. The Holy Spirit will guide you and teach you how to pray. Learning how to pray is a journey, as so many aspects of the Christian life are.

 In many ways, prayer is like worship as they both involve a spiritual connection with God. In Revelation chapter 5, we are given a glimpse into heaven. Verse 8 tells us about the four living creatures and the twenty four elders, each holding a harp and golden bowls filled with incense. We are told that the incense represents our prayers. Our prayers rise like incense into the very Presence of God. I believe that the harps may represent our worship. Our prayers and our worship reach God.

 God values us, and our relationship and communication with Him; our prayers are precious to Him! We need to engage God in prayer and worship because that is when God can engage us.  Let me encourage you to find some time to engage God in prayer today. . . perhaps even now. . . He is always listening.

 We’re getting ready to spend the month of March on the subject of prayer.  You’ll be hearing more about this and opportunities to get involved in some very specific ways.  I’ll tell you more about it on Sunday!  I can’t wait to see you.

 By His Grace,

 Pastor D

 PS – We’re taking an amazing look at King David this week and considering the devastating consequences of his poor decisions, and…his reboot!  Come expecting.

Pastor Dave McGarrah