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Monday, December 10, 2012

Prayer

Prayer is your one-on-one time with the Lord. It is a privilege that imparts a close relationship, and brings you into the very presence of a faithful God. (Hebrews 4:16) Prayer is God's gift to your struggling spirit. Without it, you have no strength, no guidance, no purpose, no peace, and no victory. With it all things are possible.

You have a calling on your life. Prayer not only reveals your calling, but it is also your direct line to the Holy Spirit and His power. Whatever your calling, you are called to witness the love of God. The Holy Spirit must pour Himself into you in order for you to spiritually impart Him to others. As you are emptied, you must continually be refilled. Without prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit you will burn out.

We often pray for God to change circumstances. We pray for change. Sometimes there is a change in circumstance, but often there isn't. C.S. Lewis discovered a precious truth with the impending death
of his wife. When an agnostic colleague asked him why he bothered to pray when it was obvious that God was not changing the circumstance of his wife's cancer, C.S. Lewis said, “I don't pray in order to change God. I pray because God changes me.” And that is the beauty and gift of prayer. As we draw closer to God in prayer, we find ourselves changing in not only attitudes, but in our actions.

Don’t become discouraged in prayer. Paul writes, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will” (Romans 8:26a-27).

Just allow Him to search your heart, and He will pray for you.

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