THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS


DAILY DEVOTIONS

HI!

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Once a man and his pastor went to a boxing match together. Just before the match began, one of the boxers knelt in his corner and prayed a silent prayer.

The man asked, "Pastor, do you suppose that prayer is going to help him?"

The pastor said, "It will if he knows how to box."

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John 15:7
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
KJV

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We have an injunction from God through His Word to pray about all things. However, the most important thing about which we pray is our personal relationship with God.

Prayer life for a Christian is essential. The source of our spiritual strength is in our communications with God. There are only two major things to remember about prayer in order for it to be effective.

First, we must remember we have AUTHORIZED ENTRY.
You've seen the signs on the doors: EMPLOYEES ONLY, or AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY. Well, the sign on God's door says, "ADOPTED CHILDREN THROUGH CHRIST ONLY!"

If you have surrendered to Christ as Lord and Savior, then you have been adopted into the family of God. You have authorized entry! "Let us therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
(Hebrews 4:16)

Second, we must remember that prayer is a TWO-WAY STREET!
Prayer is communicating with God. Communications are only effective when the transfer of thought has meaning and understanding.

In order that we may effectively communicate with God, we should "abide" in Him. Jesus said, "If ye abide in me...." We trust, honor and serve Him. Our desire is to seek Him for His will in our lives. So, when we SPEAK to God then His Holy Spirit will help us to pray even when we don't know exactly what to say (See Romans 8:26).

Also, we must LISTEN. Again, prayer is a two-way street. We must speak to God, and we must listen to Him. In order for us to hear God speaking, we must allow His Word to abide in us. Jesus said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you...."

Spend time studying and learning God's Word. The Bible is, after all, "the mind of Christ" (1Corinthians 2:16). God does answer prayer through experiences, incidents and other people. But mostly, God answers prayer through the revelation of His Word.

You have authorized entry!
Communicate effectively with God!
Speak and listen!

Love ya,
Bruce