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Yes, Lord, I am Listening

July 25, 2022, 2:00 PM

Yes, Lord, I am Listening

Eighteen-year-old Hudson Taylor wandered into his father's library to read a gospel tract. He couldn't shake off its message. Finally, falling to his knees, he accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord. Later, his mother, who had been away, returned home. When Hudson told her the good news, she said, "I already know. Ten days ago, the very date on which you told me you read that tract, I spent the entire afternoon in prayer for you until the Lord assured me that my wayward son had been brought into the fold."

Prayer is our fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, expressed in adoration, thanksgiving, and intercession, through which we draw near to God and learn more of His beautiful will for our lives. Miraculously, God is always available, allowing us access in prayer. And, His Son is seated at His right hand, interceding and speaking to Him on our behalf. Scripture stresses the vital role of the Holy Spirit in stimulating and guiding our prayers. Prayer is based on God’s love for us. Through grace He gives us what we don’t deserve, and in mercy, he shields us from those things we do deserve. Through prayer, God gives us the means of acknowledging His purpose and character along with seeking guidance concerning His will for us.

After a beautiful Summer, watching all that God has been doing in the lives of people through our time with Him (mission trips, VBS, camp, vacation, etc.), we are blessed to walk with those who have just recently come to faith. The vital role of nourishing them in Christian discipleship is now paramount. One of the greatest needs is that of a powerful prayer life. Spending time in prayer…and making that an intentional, planned activity in our lives…is especially relevant to new believers.

Having a guide proves helpful for our private quiet time with the Lord.

Ask the Lord to cleanse you and give you the following attributes of His love in your life:

1. pure thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5)

2. Godly attitudes (Philippians 2:5)

3. clean words (Ephesians 4:29; 5:4)

4. right relationships (Matthew 5:23-24; 6:14-15)

5. confessing sin you have committed (Psalms 51:3)

6. confessing patterns of sin of omission (James 4:17)

7. surrendering fully in obedience to Jesus (Matthew 16:24)

When you ask Him to give you these things, He will give you the power to confess and allow Christ to lead in you fully, through the work of the Holy Spirit! In James 4:8, God promises to draw near and fill you with Himself as he says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” In doing this you embrace and praise God for who He is, thanking Him for what He has already done, and looking forward with joy to what he has promised to do in the future.

“Your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask” Matthew 6:8.

 

James

 

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