Fresh Hope – 25th September 2018

The greatest and most powerful gift that God gives to the follower of Jesus is the gift of prayer. Used by few and abused by many, yet God has never ever changed His mind in relation to this. You are created to be able to communicate with God through prayer.


Prayer is both simple and powerful. Humbling and exalting, energy sapping and refreshing all at the same time.


A Christian that is not praying is merely playing.


For all that have discovered prayer and its potential, will have also discovered and struggled with the inability to focus. That list of jobs keeps whispering that they are not getting done while you pray. Kids aren’t being played with whilst you are needing to talk to God. Newspaper headlines are beckoning you to read them and then there’s tiredness that’s causing you to drift into a dream world every few minutes.


The reality is this: until you discover and discern your definite purpose in life, then your prayer life will be dissipated over so many subjects and in so many different directions that they will lead not to answered prayer but to indecision and weakness.


There comes a time when you have to truly understand the power of what Jesus was teaching about prayer when he spoke these words…


Matthew 7:7-11 ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!


Think about this for a minute…You knock on the door of prayer and as it opens you are asked by the Holy Spirit what you would like to ask for. You reply with a blank look that suggests that you have no idea and after a few tense moments you just walk away.


Surely the purpose of prayer, according to what Jesus taught, was to knock on the door of prayer, to then specifically ask and then receive?


I encourage you today to begin to see that prayer is seeking God so that you may know Him intimately, but in doing it means to not be a afraid of being specific. You must be definite with the infinite.


Ask yourself right now…what is it that I’m needing in order to fulfil the very reason I’m on this planet?


If it’s finance…how much?


If it’s a partner for life…what kind of qualities?


If it’s a job….what kind?


If you’re asking about what you should do with your life…ask specifically for God to give you some clues over the next six months.


One final thought for the day: If Jesus tells us to ask AND receive, then He must be teaching us to ask specifically, otherwise how would He know what to send you and how would you know when He did?


Make up your mind.


Be a person of prayer, but don’t be a person that prays ‘Bless the world’ but rather pray, ‘how do you want to use me to bless the part of the world that I’m touching today?’.


Pastor Mark


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