Communication is Key

Looking Behind – Stories (1st Third)

Communication is key. There is probably no relationship that will survive long without it. Unfortunately there are many adults who seem to take this particular skill for granted. Children, on the other hand, are always striving to become master communicators. Everything they do seems based on increasing their ability to be heard and understood. So, if communication is important why do we make prayer, communicating with God, a secondary item on our agendas?

Looking Up – Worship (2nd Third)

““And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?” ‬‬Matthew‬ ‭6:5‬ ‭MSG‬‬

““Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew‬ ‭6:6‬ ‭MSG‬‬Matthew‬ ‭6:6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

““The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.” Matthew‬ ‭6:7-13‬ ‭MSG‬‬

““In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Looking Forward – Challenge (3rd Third)

Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. Max Lucado

It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk. Henry Ward Beecher

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? Corrie ten Boom

God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil. Mother Teresa

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