Beginnings in Prayer – Part 1: How is Your Prayer Life; Is Anything in Your Life More Important than Prayer?

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MESSAGE SUMMARY: Part I: Be ready for the Lord and pay attention to and for His second coming. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. We, as believers, should be aware of Gods signs as they arise. Part II: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." Relationships, especially your personal relationship with God, are two-way -- listening and speaking. Sometimes, in our prayers, it is more important to listen for and to God than to speak and ask. Spending time with God, in sweet fellowship and in conversation, happens when we make prayer an important priority in a life filled with faith, repentance, and trust. God wants us to pray without ceasing and as a part of all our life activities. If prayer is so essential to a Christian way of life, why is our Prayer Life so insufficient? We dont have a sufficient Prayer Life because: 1) we dont know that prayer is important -- ignorance; 2) we dont know how to pray -- knowledge; 3) we are too busy to pray -- priority; 4) we dont really believe prayer will help or prayer will be effective -- faith; 5) we dont want to face the sin in our lives repentance; 6) we may be afraid to pray trust; and 7) our past history with prayer experience. To recharge our Prayer Life this week, perform this exercise: for five minutes each day, pray about a 1) situation, 2) circumstance, and a 3) person or relationship. Imagine what our lives and the lives of our community and country would be like if we were a people of prayer with a sufficient Prayer Life! TODAYS AFFIRMATION:I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FORGIVEN. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9). WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACHS CURRENT VIDEO: Prophetic Glimpses of the Coming Messiah (Third Sunday in Advent; Holy Cross Anglican Cathedral; Loganville, GA), https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/` A WORDFROM THE LORD WEBSITE LINK: www.awordfromthelord.org DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB SCRIPTURE REFERENCE(ESV): 1 John 2:1-6; James 4:2-3; Matthew 7:7-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-17. (Click thebluebelow to read the full Bible textfor these scripture references in BOLD.).

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