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Great Book on Prayer

God is sovereign, He is all knowing and all powerful. He knows our every thought before it’s even in our minds, He knows every breath that we take and He knows what we need even before we ask. So why do we need to pray, if God already knows everything? I’m glad that you asked! I have been reading a book by Douglas F. Kelly entitled, “If God Already Knows Why Pray?” It can all be summed up in one word, relationship. Yes, God does know everything, He is the sovereign of the universe but He desires to enter into our lives, the Infinite condescending to the finite.

Kelly starts off in chapter 1 by stating that, “prayer depends on who God is; What God is really like determines everything else both in theology and in practice. The better you know God the more certain it is that you will pray to Him.” What a refreshing statement, our problem with prayer is that we think that we ‘have” to do it. It’s another item that we busy folks like to check off of our list. When in reality if we just stopped to take a breath and to truly look into who God really is, prayer would be a natural result. Kind of like our spouses or our family members, if we felt that we had to talk to them and listen to them, we would probably resent them or feel like we were getting nowhere in our relationship with them. The same is true with God, He wants relationship with us, true and genuine relationship.

The amazing thing about this is again, God is infinite and we are not. and yet as Kelly writes so well, ” although we do not understand infinity, if He is personal and I am personal, then it is most reasonable to believe that we can know each other. Furthermore, the most logical thing in all the world is that God would talk to us.” God is indeed a God of communication, He created language and syllables and words, in fact John 1:1 tells us that He is ‘the’ Word. and we are made in His image. We were made to relate to the Father through His written word.

That being said, the most logical thing for us to do is to respond and talk back to Him in prayer. If you find yourself struggling with you time in prayer, do yourself a favor and pick up Douglas F. Kelly’s book, and be encouraged to talk to your Father, He is waiting to hear from you. One last quote from Kelly to encourage you if you find yourself struggling with prayer, “There is no need to feel condemned for your failure. Instead you can ask Him to send the risen Christ into your prayerless heart. When He enters as Lord, with the forgiveness won for you on the cross, then you will be able to pray as never before!!” To that I would say a hearty Amen!!

Prayer

NDP-LOGO-STICKER-Investing-in-Hope...-Transforming-our-Nation-Through-Prayer[1]Today marks the date of the 62nd National Day of Prayer which was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.  I find it odd that less that a full decade later Prayer in school was taken out.

As with any year, this year we have much to pray for but before we pray for anything I think it is a proper for those of us whole call ourselves Christians to repent.

I have been asked “Why would you say that, we are SAVED and already repented?” and I get that but all we need to do is peek our head out of the subculture we bury ourselves in to realize the reputation we have given Christ in our nation.  Sure, some people who have an axe to grind with the church and Jesus are leaning on crutches they themselves don’t fully understand but the truth is our culture is where it is today because we became more like Judas and less like Jesus.

Let me explain.

  • We have become greedy. Seeking to make a buck on anything and everything that we can put a fish sign or cross on.
  • We are proud of more than what we have right to be proud of.
  • We lust for power in our churches, politics and businesses.
  • We have turned our back on discipleship of new Believers.
  • We have replaced real worship with a feeling generated by dimmed lights and melodies.
  • We have excluded ourselves from so many social conversations and social issues because we are simply tired of being “different” or unable to engage in a conversation with someone who does not agree with us.
  • We have allowed Jesus to become little more than a political talking point or product pitch man instead of the Messiah.
  • We have become dependent on wolves in sheep clothes to tell us what the Bible says and means more than we are willing to take the time and read the text ourselves.
  • We have continued to embrace the faith and actions of the crusades over the example Jesus gave us to follow.

For these things, we MUST repent and ask him to recapture our heart and retrain our mind so that we can follow Him and he can heal our land.

Will you join me in repenting?

I Don’t Know Why, Do You?

The Love of Christ is undeserved and I am amazed that I am the benefactor of such grace.I find the message of Christ to be absolutely staggering. How incredible and undeserving I am that the CREATOR of EVERYTHING, the one who knows the end from the beginning loves us.

Think about that…Really take it in…try to comprehend the the incredible lengths He has gone to just so we will know He loves us. If we are honest, we will admit that we cannot wrap our mind around it at all.  The best we can do is to identify  Him with merely human labels and examples but that isn’t even close.

In 1 Corinthians 13:12 the New Life Version (NLV) describes it best too me.

12 Now that which we see is as if we were looking in a broken mirror. But then we will see everything. Now I know only a part. But then I will know everything in a perfect way. That is how God knows me right now.”

In the midst of all the chaos that our planet offers and all we do to continually kick God in the shin and run the other way, HE LOVES US.

I don’t know why, do you?