Well it seems everyone has weighed in over the Duck Dynasty controversy raging through our social discourse. There are few things that I wanted to say that I felt needed saying. I have waited a couple days just to make sure I had some prospective towards what was said and I was also curious how […]
I am a firm believer that you must be invested in your faith for your faith to grow. The way to do this is to get involved, be involved and stay involved. In this short article we will look at ways you can get personally involved in ministering to those around you. You see […]
Is it possible that some of us, even if only occasionally, seek for minimal Christianity? By that I do not mean a simple Christianity devoid of human doctrines (that would be a good thing), but rather a Christianity that seeks to be with God by doing the absolute minimum that we think is required. Giving […]
The word doctrine is an interesting word. It is a word describing the collective teachings or implied understanding of an individual or group. It has been used for a long time in association with religious teachings, philosophy, political and social thought. It is a word in our modern culture that is often deemed as being […]
Came across a very good article by the Christian Chronicle. The article is about a rural congregation that has committed it self to ministry. This particular congregation has invested itself into prison ministry and has impacted hundreds of lives. Hope you will give it a read.
The most important thing in this life is a relationship with the very creator of life. However the human family has a universal problem, a sin problem. For we are all guilty of sin and have separated that relationship with our Creator. But thanks be to God, His love for us bridge that separation. Sending forth His only Begotten Son, Jesus, who being equal to God, put on flesh and dwelt among mankind. Lived a life without sin that He might be the perfect sacrifice to remove the sin that separates us from our Creator.
It is the Good news of the work that Jesus did on the cross that we all must here. And it is to the call of God, the gospel of Christ we need to submit. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Will you believe and be baptized to be number among the saved? Will you submit to the grand sacrifice that Jesus offered to restore that most important relationship with our Creator?
The religious leaders of Jesus day found Jesus to be uneducated as He didn’t participate in their schools of thought. However Jesus was a heavenly scholar.
In 1877 Benjamin Franklin wrote in his second volume of the book The Gospel Preacher that, “There is probably no better test of faith than prayer. Men that have no faith do not pray. There can be no reason in praying without faith. To a man utterly without faith there can be no more empty and unmeaning thing practiced by human beings than prayer. To such a man the suppliant appears to be simply speaking into the open air, or to nobody. It is to him, as nearly as we can imagine, like a man talking to himself. He can see nothing in it.”
As people of faith who see the richness, as well as stress the power and importance of prayer, we need to certainly grow in our prayer life. It is a source of great anchoring to the soul. I came across an outline on prayer many years ago from Mark Copeland and the points come from there. They represent areas that we need to make sure we are making a part of our prayer life.
- Expressing Adoration. God is certainly worthy of our praise, our adoration. Let us make sure we are praising God for who He is and what He has done. It helps us to remember who we are speaking to. It should help to encourage us as well as remind ourselves of who we are. A great example of this is found in Psalm 8. I would encourage you to read the whole psalm but consider this portion on how this psalm or prayer begins to God: ”O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!”
- While we can praise God in song, we can also praise God in prayer. Here a few more examples: When Paul prayed for the Ephesians, he took time to praise God – Eph 3:14-21. David provides another example of adoration and praise – 1 Chr 29:10.
- Confessing our sins. There is mercy to be found in confessing one’s sins – pro 28:13 “He who covers his sins will not prosper,
But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” We should adapt a habit of confession in our prayers, and by that I don’t mean always a laundry list of all our short comings. Rather confession becomes bigger and an acceptance of who we are before God. It is also a recognizing and agreement of our faults, short comings as well as sins.
- Being thankful is emphasized repeatedly in exhortations to pray – Ep 5:20; 1 Thes 5:17-18. To battle anxiety we should pray with thanksgiving – Phil 4:6. Even Christ set an example of praying with thanksgiving – Mt 11:25; 26:27; Jn 6:11; 11:41. “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;” (Colossians 4:2).
- In making supplication we are encouraged to let our requests be known to God – Ph 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” We are also commanded to makes supplication for all men, “ Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” – 1 Tim 2:1-2. Jesus made supplication as He was crucified; Stephen also, as he was being stoned – Lk 23:34; Ac 7:59-60
Our faith is like many things in our life. It will only grow if we give it the time and nurture it deserves. At the heart of our faith is a personal relationship with God in and through Jesus our Savior. Prayer becomes a life line of communication to Him and an opportunity to grow, to be encouraged and to reassure our trust in Him. Lets continue to seek growth in our prayer life, it will bring fruit in all aspects of the rest of our life.