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Sep 8, 2013

Prayer


Prayer. For some, it is a mystery. A long lost part of life that passed away with phone booths and type writers. They say it lacks relevance or is an ancient practice from a past generation before the information age was born. Ridiculous, nonsense, even called crazy, prayer is not even given the importance of  modern technology like texting, TV and Facebook. 

Still, as followers of Jesus Christ we are told to pray without ceasing, pray to be kept from temptation, and to pray to be kept safe from non-believers. So, how is your prayer life going? Are you in constant contact with your Heavenly Father throughout the day in prayerful conversation or do you find yourself pulled away from prayer and buried in daily responsibilities?

In John 17, Jesus prays for us! Isn't that amazing? He prays for you and me and others not yet born into this world. He sets the example of the importance of prayer and the power it has for today and the future. If you have not taken time to read John 17, make it a priority for your readings this week. Pay attention to the way Jesus talks with the Father in ordinary conversation. Prayer does not require eloquent and fancy words or complicated and twisted phrases. Prayer is simply a discussion between your heart and God's heart. Open up to him. He is your closest and dearest friend. He wants to know your joy, desires and concerns. Don't let the world keep you from the most powerful tool God gave you. Prayer is relevant, important, vital and prayer changes things. What prayer are you waiting to pray?

"My prayer is not that you tae them out of the world but that you protect them form the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it." John 17:15-16

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