True Spirituality in Praying
We are continuing our series on 'True Spirituality,' as we walk through the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus goes straight for and to the heart in His message, because ultimately, He came to capture our hearts and set us free that we might be in relationship with our Father.
Prayer is an important part of the Christian's life. We pray because the Lord commands it, because it is a privilege, because He loves us and desires relationship with us, because He cares for us-and, we, as His children, should desire to pray and spend time with Him because we are amazed that we can have this relationship with our Heavenly Father.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warns us to not turn prayer into play-acting, some kind of performance, and to not think that like the pagans, we must heap up words to get our Father's attention. He loves us and already knows what we need.
There is also a corporate component to prayer. We can never pray too much! I want to encourage you to come to our Wednesday night prayer time, 6:15-7:15 (p.m.) in the sanctuary. There is also a men's prayer time on Thursday mornings at 6:00 a.m. We will be adding more times and contexts for prayer in the weeks ahead.
What a privilege it is to be in relationship with the God Above All Creation, and to be able to pray to Him, to talk with Him, to rest in Him!
Grace to You,