Your Most Underused Privilege

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Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.”

Psalm 116:2 NLT

Your most luxurious and underused privilege is prayer.

It is mysterious and yet instinctively natural. When there is nowhere else to turn, your heart reaches up.

But you can easily miss the real power of it, the real advantage of being able to pray to a present God. One who has pierced time and eternity to hear you, to listen to all your words, to be your refuge in the world.

He awaits your words,
hears your heart,
soothes your fears,
challenges your assumptions,
strengthens your hands,
sharpens your focus,
adjusts your perspective.

It doesn’t matter how long or how many words you use. What matters is that you are connecting to your Creator and all that it aligns in you.

What matters is spending time in His presence. Prayer is a conversation, so spend some time listening too.

Listen to the voice of your Savior whispering powerful words of truth and identity. You are loved, chosen, blessed and cherished.

Pray.

Find the time to connect with your Creator today. Lay before Him all that is in your heart because He is bending down to listen and love you.

Adoration

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“Oh come let us adore him,
Oh come let us adore him,
Oh come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.”
Adoration.
It is a beautiful moment found, experienced and breathed in.
It is being reinvigorated by an authentic connection.
It is a remembering of the first time you adored Him. Remembering the moment that your relationship to Christ changed from knowing of Him to knowing Him.
Knowing Jesus is real, that He loves you with love’s unconditional voice, not just once but every day.
Not just in some things, but in all things.
My friend, that which began in a manger continues in our hearts today- Emmanuel, God with us.
It’s not business, it’s personal.
May you experience a moment during the craziness of this season that helps you remember that Christmas is more than a tradition but a worldwide celebration of new life in Christ, starting with yours.

How to Pray

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But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6 NIV)

Why do you need to close the door when you pray?

Because you need a safe place to be real. To honestly deal with what is going on inside of you.

A place where there are no mirrors or watchers or judgements or distractions.

A place where it is just you and God.

Then pour out your heart.
Let go of your fear.
Breath in faith and hope.
Bring your heart and life honesty before God and allow him to respond honestly back.

I was talking with a friend last week and she said, “When I begin my day with God – everything else is easier to deal with”. She has been walking faithfully with God for over 20 years.

Life takes over and survival mode often omits prayer (other than “Jesus help me). Then survival mode slips into daily habit and poof, prayer slips away too.

This is a reminder for all of us, those new to the faith and those who have been raised in church: have you closed the door and connected with God lately?

Take a minute.

Close the door, turn off FB, Pinterest, a game or whatever you need to and pray.

Pray

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It is our most luxurious underused privilege: prayer.

It is mysterious and yet instinctively natural. When there is no where else to turn, our hearts reach up.

But we can so easily miss the real power of it. The real advantage of being able to pray to a present God and one who has pierced time and eternity to hear us, to listen to all my words.

Pray.
Every day.

It doesn’t matter how long or how many words you use. What matters is that you are connecting to your Creator and all that it aligns when you do.

Have you prayed today? God is waiting, bending down and ready to listen to you.

“Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” (Psalms 116:2 NLT)