Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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“The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something and enter God’s realm where everything is possible. He specialises in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love.”
I love this quote by Corrie Ten Boom, survivor of Ravensbruck concentration camp in WW2. It not only speaks of the certainties of prayer – in that there is a certainty that God is listening – but it speaks of the possibilities of prayer and so inspires one with the faith to pray.
Charles Stanley writes, “When we have a regular practice of prayer, we train our minds to dismiss the distractions of the world and focus instead on the sufficiency and power of God.” Wow! The sufficiency and power of God. Sometimes, I have found myself thinking, ‘How can almighty God be interested in my prayers? What then should I pray about? How do I say it? How do I pray?’
In Luke’s gospel, Jesus teaches us to pray, giving us a perfect format for praying, in the Lord’s Prayer (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving & Supplication). However, for Jesus to teach his disciples to call God ‘Father’ was itself at that time, slightly shocking. To view God intimately, as a father was not how the Jews would have thought about God. But Jesus shows us just how close God is and was to him while on earth when he cried out to God, ‘Abba’ father, meaning ‘daddy’. Some of you will know God as your good Heavenly Father and some of you may not yet…
Back to Mr Stanley – “In order to receive answers to prayer we must first place our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. Because God is holy, our sins have separated us from Him. But when we repent (turn away from our sins) and believe that Christ died on the cross to pay our sin debt in full, we enter into a relationship with God and can then converse with Him and be certain that He hears us.”
Having entered into this new relationship with our Father God through Christ, we can spend the rest of our lives learning how to talk and listen to Him – which is what prayer really is all about.
One of the things which can really help us to grow a regular prayer life is to find a ‘place’ to pray. Of course, we can pray anywhere, anytime but to have a place that’s special to you, where you regularly talk and listen to your Heavenly Father, creates a sense of anticipation for what He will say or do.
As Charles Stanley points out, when we have a place to pray, that place becomes special because it becomes “…a holy place. It’s where our battles are fought. It’s where we deal with our sins. It’s where we develop an intimate relationship with The Lord. It’s where we lay down our burdens. It’s where we weep over our trials and hardships. It’s where we forgive others and its where we are strengthened.”
I think Corrie Ten Boom must have had her place to pray to spiritually survive what she did and come out the other side with such confidence in the power of prayer. I hope that we all find our place for talking and listening to our Father God, that we may grow in confidence in His sufficiency and power to answer our prayers.
(Quotes from “Making Prayer a Priority”, Charles F. Stanley, In Touch Ministries)