Sunday, August 16, 2015

Prayer is More Than Just Talking to God

by Pastor Rob (2013)

Talking to God is a common occurrence to many people.  Whether a close, casual, or totally distant relationship exists with the Lord Almighty, at one time or another we have tried talking to Him.  How does this work?  In Mark Batterson's book called "Draw the Circle" he writes that a group of revival seekers in the late 1800s sought out Rodney "Gypsy" Smith, a London-born evangelist who traveled thousands of miles, saw two sitting US Presidents, and preached to millions of people.   They wanted to know how they could make a difference with their lives the way he had with his. This was his advice to them: Go home.  Lock yourself in your room.  Kneel down in the middle of the floor, and with a piece of chalk draw a circle around yourself.  There, on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.   

       How does prayer work?  1) First of all it's  realizing that the biggest change for prayer happens in you, and 2) Faith is essential.  Hebrews 11:6  (NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

       You have just been challenged.  Take up the challenge and see what God will do to you, and to the world through you.

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