Archive for January 29th, 2009

Prayer – Part 2

prayer-4Not so long ago a man sat across from me at my desk telling me of the struggles of other Pastor’s in ministry. This man is a person who is involved with a thriving Men’s Ministry in his area. One of the areas that seemed to be lacking was that of prayer. He went on to tell me of a sin that Pastor’s who he talked to admitted having in their lives that held them back from prayer. I was completely blown away by this statistic. It had me wondering how many people in God’s Church are struggling with besetting sins that hold them back from crying out to God. Sin must be dealt with! The starting place is on your knees crying out to God to release you from whatever has its control on your life. Prayer is the only place that you will find forgiveness and healing.

One of the biggest problems for some could be that they are looking for instant deliverance. That does not always happen. But one thing that is certain is that God longs for His people to cry out to Him and confess their sins so that they can not only be forgiven, but that there can begin a process of renewal as well. Philippians 4:4-7 says;

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

If you are not going to approach God through prayer you cannot expect His movement in your life. If you do start to approach Him you will find forgiveness, healing, and a greater desire to walk with Him. We have too many gimmicks and programs in the Church that just are not working! We need to get back to the basics of our faith. Our Churches need to be crying out to God! Our prayers together will only be affective as we live in holiness before Him. If you really want to see transforming power in your life and in your Church then start by taking care of the besetting sins in your life through prayer. If you commit yourself to this you will see God move in your life. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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