August 2020: People that Pray
Last month we talked about Holy Spirit and the advantages we have in Him. I hope you were able to find a nearness and understanding to His love and function in your life. This month, let’s get even closer as we seek to pray.
**Note: You do not, unless you so desire, have to respond to this letter**
August: People that Pray
Monthly Focus: Never Ceasing to Pray
Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
In a conversation this month, I had a talk with one of my mentees. They were asking questions about a doctrine that confused connection with God and the connection to the universe. The problem with the information they heard is that it attacked the very thing we have to connect us to Christ; prayer.
I asked, “How do you connect with God?” The main answer was prayer. Prayer is the tool we’ve been given to access and enjoy relationship with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is our connector. Prayer is our assurance. Prayer is always the answer. When we pray, we access the promises of God that are here for us, and we also reap the benefits that come along with it. This tool has MUCH power in what it can do for us on earth, and for this, we’re grateful. But like any tool, it must be used to see its affect.
So what is prayer? There are many definitions to what prayer is believed to be. The Word gives us clear understanding to what prayer is and what it can do in our lives. Simply, prayer is talking to God. The bible encourages us to get in a personal space and focus on that intimate relationship with Him during the conversation (Matthew 6:6). I want to emphasize ‘conversation’ because God not only hears us when we pray, He is also ready to speak back. Prayer provides us intimate communion with God.
The benefits don’t stop there, however. We have access to endless opportunities if we engage two principles that are consistent to the power of prayer. We must ask and we must believe. Many people falter in never asking, and many more fail when they ask without faith that God can do what they’re requesting or that He will give their hearts desire(s). The bible is clear that we have a good and loving Father. He is also clear that there is no good thing that He will withhold from us (Psalm 84:11) and if we ask any