Good morning friends! I hope your week is off to a good start. There is no better way for us to begin each week then to connect with God and others through worship each Sunday morning. I love being in church every Sunday – whether I’m home or away. Anyway…
Let’s hopefully keep our lives moving in the right direction as we connect with the Lord each day by listening to Him through reading His word, talking to Him through prayer, and by being encouraged through our daily devotional.
Let’s pray – Lord Jesus Christ, speak to me.
“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you can ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.” John 15:7
Yesterday, the message in church was about the 5 conditions for answered prayers. God gives us these principles that we can apply to our prayer lives to help us be more effective in our prayers.
The first of the five principles is “You must have an honest relationship with God.” Part of having an honest relationship with God is maintaining a constant connection with Him. The verse above speaks of “remaining” in Him, and His word (The Bible) remaining in us. In order to maintain our honest relationship with God, we have to have a regular intake of God’s word (translation – Bible study). In God’s word, we learn more about who God is and how we can honor Him with our lives. The more we know about God and how to live, the more effective our prayer lives will be. We will know how to pray better. I hope you have challenged yourself over this 30 or so day period to have a regular intake of Scripture. I’ve challenged you to read the New Testament through in these 30 days. If that’s too much, challenge yourself to amount of daily reading that you can manage. As you intake His word, pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, speak me.” Listen to God as you read His word! And then turn your heart to a time of connecting with God through prayer.