Fresh Hope – 2nd September 2019

Prayer shouldn’t be a burden but a privilege – a privilege God has freely given to us because He wants to spend time with us.

 Jesus died to destroy the barrier of sin that separates us from God, and when we give our lives to Him, we have a personal relationship with Him. In fact, we only have access to God because of what Jesus did for us in his death and resurrection.

Isaiah 59:1-2 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

He opened the way for us once and for all to come freely to Him.

 Central to any relationship is communication. A father that never talks to his children, or a married couple that never speak to each other is a recipe for defeat in any relationship.

 In a far greater way, our relationship with God involves communication – not just a brief hello, but a much deeper level of sharing our cares, concerns and requests with Him.

Prayer is simply talking with God; It’s a two way street just like any other relationship.

God, could of course, simply do everything on his own. He could make every problem go away, sort all of your burdens out, and then just shower you with everything you need exactly at the time you need it-so why doesn’t He? Because that wouldn’t be a relationship; it would be a completely mechanical and robotic one-sided acquaintance.

God has given us the privilege of prayer so that we will have a moment by moment friendship and relationship with Him.

 There are some things that my children have asked me for over the years that I haven’t been able to supply, but then there are times when I’ve sorted things straight away.

Often my phone will ring and the voice on the other end is saying, “Dad…can you…?!” The truth is that any Dad loves to be asked for things or to do things for his children. It’s the stuff of great relationships.

 

At other times the call comes from me to my children. Maybe I need to talk to them about something or give them some information; and so it is with God, He wants you to not only communicate with Him, but He also wants to communicate with you.

 Jesus demonstrated the importance of prayer by His own example when we are told that He got up very early in the morning, while it was still dark, to pray…

 

 Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

 

Today, I encourage you engage with God in the privilege of prayer. Speak to Him daily about everything. 

Remember: if it matters to you, it matters to Him.

 

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.

 Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

You can join us for prayer every week at Champions:

 Men – Tuesdays at 6am.

 Ladies – Thursdays at 9am.

 

Pastor Mark

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