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feb 10

Colossians 4:2 tells us: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Prayer is a prescribed discipline for Christians to cultivate. I offer at least four reasons why:1. Prayer Cultivates Intimacy with God
God already has all knowledge, but when we give voice to our feelings, our longings, our desires and share those dreams and hurts with God, we put Him in a position where He can reveal His character, His tenderness, His support and strength, and His compassion. I Peter 5:7 tells us to “Cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for us.” Prayer allows us to pour our hearts out before God. However, intimacy is about two parties disclosing
their hearts with each other. God’s word tells us in Jeremiah 33:3 “ Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” God wants to share His heart with us as well.2. Prayer Provides Knowledge and Strength
Jesus spent all night in prayer in Luke 6 before selecting the 12 disciples. Jesus demonstrated that the way to know God’s will is to pray. James 1:5 tells us, 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. Through prayer we receive clarity about how to approach life’s decisions and difficulties. We also gain strength to endure life’s difficulties. Psalm 138:3 “
When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.” Wisdom and strength are gained as we pray. Pastor Melissa Pratt

3. Prayer Wins Battles
Exodus 17 contains a wonderful story of intercessory prayer. When Moses, Aaron and Hur lifted hands to God in prayer, the Israelites were winning the battle against the Amalekites. Prayer IS the strategy for winning spiritual, physical, relational and emotional battles.

4. Prayer Produces Miracles
Miracles come when we pray in Jesus’ name and authority over situations that are otherwise hopeless. Miracles can and do happen when we pray in faith believing in God’s power to accomplish anything. “For what is impossible with
man is possible with God.” (Luke 1:37) How about this good news from 1 John 5:14-15? 14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.”

Do you need to develop intimacy with God? Do you need knowledge and strength? Do you need to win a battle? Do you need a miracle? Seek the Lord in prayer.

Pastor Melissa

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