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Easter was last week and it was an adventure. See if you remember the story of Easter. When Mary and the other Mary, hopeless went to the tomb. They went hoping someone could move the stone away so they could anoint Jesus' body.
The thing is, they didn't need anyone to roll the stone away. Because it was that morning that hopelessness turned into hope. When they arrived Jesus wasn't in the tomb, the tomb was empty. This reminds me of the song Because He Lives.
In my mind the best part of the who song is the chorus.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives
- Because He Lives
Life is worth the living just because He Lives. - That is oh so powerful. I hope that as you go through this week I hope you realize that no matter what you face today. God loves you and at the end it will be worth it because Jesus conquered death, and Earth cannot hold a candle to what Heaven will be.
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Her prayer closet is much larger than most; it isn’t even a closet, or the largest room in her house. It isn’t always private and there are times it seats 50+ people. The times she chooses to visit she is the only one, and pray, she does. She prays for whatever God lays on her heart and in the silent moments, lives are touched. God lead her to the sanctuary of her church, and it is there that her prayers find a voice.
I wanted to figure out exactly what is prayer. So I was studying. I looked up the definition of prayer and found. Prayer is deliberate communication with God. It comes from the Latin word Precari meaning; To beg, pray.
Deliberate is the word that catches my eye here, I’ve always know that prayer is communication with God. To think that it is deliberate shines a new light on prayer. It is seeking God through communication (which goes multiple ways), on purpose.
Using Jesus’ teachings on prayer from Matthew 6, I want to share with you 4 attitudes to look for when you pray.
1. Prayer should be deliberate but is should not be about the show. (Pride #1)
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:5-6.
2. Shouldn't be about the number of words used. (Don't Showboat; Pride #2)
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. - Matthew 6:7
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. - Matthew 6:8
4. You should be humble for God is great, because God has so much, and he offers you what is best for you.
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ - Matthew 6:9-13
When you pray you should look at your attitude, and what you are doing. Don't let your prayers be about the show, and the number of words you use. Let your prayers be from your heart, knowing that God loves you so much and provides for you.
Do you check your attitude at the prayer closet door? Do you spend time in a special prayer closet when you pray? I would love to hear about your "prayer closet".
This reminds me of what Satan has been doing in my life. He is stealing my joy. He is killing my hope, and in doing so he is attempting to destroy the relationship I have with Jesus. Jesus told us this would happen.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. - John 10:10
You are Not alone!
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been there. Joy disappearing more each day. My hope on life support and they are threatening to pull the plug. My desire for a relationship with the one who is watching it happen, going down the toilet.
Well if we look at the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones we find some hope for the hopeless.
God asked Ezekiel if those dry bones could live again. I'm going to ask you the same thing. Is there any chance your joy can live again? What about your hope?
Ezekiel had some smart words here in response to this question.
3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” - Ezekiel 37:3-6
Only God knew if the bones could live again. So God told Ezekiel to prophesy that the bones would become whole, having flesh on them again. The rest of John 10:10 promises that Jesus came to give us life. I'm not talking about a hopeless life. No, he came to give us a full, hope filled life.
This may take some faith, but God knows your future and he doesn't want you living dusty and dry. He wants to give you hope. Water filled hope!
How does God breath power into your Valley?
How do you regain your joy, your hope and your relationship with Jesus? I'm going to venture and say that you need to work this backwards.
Let's start with your relationship. You need to find your love for God, you do this by praying and spending time in the Word. You need to trust him and his great love for you.
Next you need to pray for God to help you see His plans to prosper you. Ask him to open doors that no one can close, and close doors that are leading you away from him.
Now that you are back to building your relationship, pray that God will give you joy. That he will take whatever it is that is stealing your joy away. Ask him for strength and courage to stop following that path anymore.