Theme of the Week: Recharging Your Heart Through Prayer
Bible Verse: Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I am a man, and I struggle to pray.
As a child, I was always impressed by the way my grandpa prayed. Whenever I went for sleepovers at his place, without fail, every single time before sleeping, my grandpa would sit on the bed, open his Bible, and read the portion allotted to that evening. Then he would draw me in, and we would pray.
With all honesty, I mostly remember my grandpa starting to pray; then, it was morning already.
As I grew up, prayer was a way of asking for things from God. If there was anyone that could get me what I wanted, it was God. So, I asked. A lot.
My grandpa’s prayers were always in the back of my mind as reminders of honest, real and beautiful conversations with God.
So what is prayer?
It has never been put better than by John Calvin, who, in his excellent little chapter on prayer in the Institutes, calls prayer “the chief exercise of faith.” In other words, prayer is the primary way true faith expresses itself. This also means that prayerlessness is practical atheism, demonstrating a lack of belief in God.
In a sense, your prayer life is disgustingly revealing: it reveals who you really are. For all your talk and theory of faith – you can affirm the truth of prayer and know that God is good – your prayer life reveals how much you really want communion with God and how much you really depend on him.
This week, we will share 5 different prayers that aim to help you look into your own heart, and ways to renew your mind as you engage in a conversation with God. I hope this week will help you find renewal and refreshment as you commune with our Abba, Father.
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