The best way to grow in prayer is to understand that the best relationships are two-sided.
- It’s about what matters to you . . .
- It’s about what matters to Him . . .
- Q: What types of things matter to you? Can you think of Scripture that relates?
- Q: What types of things matter to God? Can you think of Scripture that relates?
The best way to grow in prayer is to understand what it is. It’s the conversation of relationship.
Are you at odds with God? Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? (Amos 3:3)
The decision to get right is yours, not God’s.
- The Publican said, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner (Luke 18:13).
- The thief on the cross said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom (Luke 23:42).”
God has already done and still does his part in our relationship.
- While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
- If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous (1 John 2:1).
The best way to grow in prayer is to understand what it is. It’s talking with someone. That someone is God, who is a person.
- He has a will and he wants us to understand what it is (Ephesians 5:17).
- He has emotions. He gets angry, rejoices, grieves and laughs (Psalm 18:7, Zephaniah 3:17. Genesis 6:6, Psalm 2:4).
- He has opinions. I want you to show mercy, not sacrifice. . . Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them. (Matthew 12:8; Mark 10:14).
- He has a personality. He is humble and gentle at heart (Matthew 11:29).
- He has interests. He wants to bring God glory (John 12:28).
- He has abilities. Nothing is too hard for him to do (Jeremiah 32:17).
- He has relationships. Abraham was his friend (Exodus 32:27).