Am I Ready to Pray? (Bude, Cornwall, UK)


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To support this ministry financially, visit: MESSAGE SUMMARY: Am I Ready to Pray? (Bude, Cornwall, UK) INTRODUCTIOIN -- Prayer is: 1) spending time with God acknowledging Gods presence in all our lives activities; and 2) conversation with God listening to and talking with God. Prayer reflects on our relationship with God. Why dont we pray. The Apostle James, in James 4:2-3, provides a perspective regarding Prayer Life: You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." SUNDAY MESSAGE In James 4:3, we are told: You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.. As followers of Jesus, we are given the awesome privilege of being able to come before God, the Creator of the Universe, in our prayers. We are given a multitude of alternatives for our prayers that include prayers of "petition" (praying for one's own needs) and prayers of "intercession" (praying for the needs of others). God wants prayers of "petition" from us -- all our needs and concerns should be brought to Him in prayer because He loves and cares for us. However, God want us to, also, focus on others and their needs (intercession) -- physical and spiritual. "Intercessory prayer is fundamental to deepening our prayer life and our personal relationship with God. However, we often enter into our prayers unprepared there is sin in our lives, or our prayers are all about us; and we seek our will and not Gods will. Therefore, we need to learn to pray rightly. To pray rightly, we need to consider: 1) Am I clean before the Lord have I confessed the known sins in my life that I have not repented? 2) Am I in communion with others are there people with whom I am not at peace? 3) Am I confident in Gods Word do I believe Gods promises are true? 4) Am I committed to Gods will am I committed to act on and obey Gods answer to my prayers even though His answer is not my desire? 5) Am I centered in the Holy Spirit am I focused and tuned in on the Lord, filtering out the noise of the world? and 6) Am I concerned for Gods Glory the ultimate purpose of our prayers is uplifting and glorifying Gods name?. Additionally, in both our worship and our prayers: Are we expecting to encounter God?. Remember, Jesus taught us that: 1) God is more ready to answer prayer than we are ready to pray; and 2) we must be persistent in our prayers until we have an answer. Pray specific prayers, in the Holy Spirit and in Scripture, for ourselves and for others -- be persistent. TODAYS AFFIRMATION:I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM RIGHTEOUS IN GODS EYES. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21). WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACHS RECENT VIDEOS: A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: DONATE TO AWFTL: SCRIPTURE REFERENCE(ESV): James 4:3; Isaiah 59:1-2; 1 John 1:8; Matthew 5:23-24 Matthew 6:14; 1 Peter 3:7; Luke 11:9-13; Jeremiah 33:3; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Peter 5:7; 1 John 5:14; Psalms 37:4; John 14:23; James 1:5; Romans 8:26-27; John 14:26. (Click thebluebelow to read the full Bible textfor these scripture references in BOLD.).

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