ENCOURAGEMENT: A PRAYING HEART

Galatians 4:6-7  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.    KJV

Many conflicts, dissensions, and disturbances were occurring in the early churches including the Corinthian church. Paul exhorted Timothy, in 1 Timothy 2:8, to have people lift up holy hands in prayer from a heart that was not burdened with the anger and dissensions.  As the people of God allow anger to continue to build in their hearts, less effective is their desire and prayer to seek the good of the church and community.  Even minor instances of discouragement can cause the people to take their eyes away from God’s purpose in their lives and to turn their eyes toward the source or circumstances of the problem.  Paul encourages us to be effective in our prayers and lift our hands to the holy God with a clean heart.

In the prayer of Jesus in theGardenofGethsemane, he offered prayer for his current situation and for the disciple who were following him.  Additionally, he offered prayer for those who would follow him in the future.  In His praying heart, Jesus called God “Abba, Father” which was a closeness with God that the Jewish law viewed with displeasure.  However, Paul, in other writings,  encouraged people to enter into God’s presence with a praying heart as the favored and adopted children that God has made us in Christ.   The adoption in Jesus Christ give us the closeness that we desire in approaching God as our father.  The “Abba Father” relationship was defined by Christ when he encouraged us to ask and what we ask for will be given, to knock and the doors of our life will be opened and to seek and we will find what God has in store for our lives.  It is with the loving, submissive, and clean heart that indicates to God that we are following His will in our lives.  Our praying heart is submitted to God for His use.  Have your developed the closeness with God that allows you to have faith in God that you can ask, knock and seek His will in your prayers?  Do you believe that your praying heart will find a prayer answering God?  Place your faith in him.

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