Welcome Friends, this is David Telbat. God is our closest, most loving, and most powerful Friend, and because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us, we have instant access to His throne of grace through prayer. I hope prayer is an adventure for you, and that you discover new things about God daily through reading Scripture and prayer. Lately, I’ve adopted a prayer motto: stay low and stay close, which I picked up from studying Philippians.
#1. Stay Lowly Before the Cross of Christ.
Praying helps us stay lowly and humble, because according to Scripture, God despises a proud heart. Humility is the gateway to grace, and we could all do with more of His grace in our lives.
Meditation (God-guided thinking) upon the sacrifice of Jesus should automatically put us in a place of lowliness, because the cross is necessary for sinners to be saved from the penalty of sin. Before the cross, we are forced to our knees under the full gaze of our knowing Lord who sees our sin in all its treachery. It’s hard to be proud when on your knees, considering our great need for a Savior.
#2. Stay Close to God.
Once our lowliness is established, we are primed for serving God. There is no better way to stay close to God than through prayer as we prepare our hearts to serve Him. Through prayer, we note the power that backs us up, the confidence we can have to act on our Lord’s behalf, and the comfort of His love when all doesn’t go as planned.
None of us want our activities for God to be wasted effort. Nor do we want our efforts to be dead and powerless to move the hearts of the lost or to edify the hearts of the found. All this is realized through prayer before, during, and after we serve on God’s behalf. Only when we spend time with Him daily in prayer will we be fully effective servants of God and effective followers of Jesus Christ.
So, as we move throughout our days, I hope we pray in such a way that keeps us low before God, and close to our Savior. Stay low and stay close.
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Prayer Prompt: A recent newsletter from Back To Jerusalem shares about the starvation taking place in North Korea. You can read the article here. Please be praying for Christians suffering in NK, and that God will give them peace even in the midst of terrible suffering. You can read the latest BTJ newsletter here, as well as subscribe.
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