If you were away from us at The Journey Church this past weekend here is what you missed:
As we enter our second week of our MY Year series we will be preaching over the 12 spiritual formation markers that we want our church to abide by. The second spiritual formation we talked about this past weekend was:
A child-like dependance upon God in prayer
We all desire to grow in our prayer life but two things often get in the way
Prideful self reliance
Skepticism that God will actually listen
Relying on our own strength will get us nowhere in our prayer life. God does not expect us to do anything without relying on Him. We rely on Him to lead our families, work diligently at our work place, share the gospel with others, and to have a vibrant prayer life.
One of the reasons we are skeptical that God will listen to us is because we do not come to Him like a child.’Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10:15
Three ways to pray with child-like faith
Ask like a child! Ask for anything, children never worry about how many times they ask or how they ask for something. They are not embarrassed nor do they worry about sounding all structured. They just ask with all vulnerability and we should ask in this way. We should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16) and we should not worry about using religious structure in our prayers.
Believe like a child! Children believe whatever their parents tell them. We should believe whatever our Heavenly Father tells us in His word.
Depend like a child! What makes prayers work is found in our awareness of our helplessness. When children ask their parents for something, they do it out of total dependence on them. This is the posture we should have as well.
Tim Keller~ The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.
In order to have this child-like faith we must take our prayer life seriously. It is a honor to come to the thrown of the King in prayer so let us take full advantage of this grace. Start talking to God and talk to Him about everything. Do not try and structure your prayers, just pray from your heart. If your mind starts to drift during prayer maybe that is what the Lord wants you to pray about. Set time aside to talk to God as well. He is a person who desires your time so designate specific time to meet with Him. Not only set a specific time for Him, but talk to Him throughout the day. What if we only talked to our spouses once a day, right before we went to work and didn’t talk to them until that night right before bed. Jesus desires to speak with His bride throughout the day just as we talk to our spouses. Finally, talk to God with others. We can learn so much by listening to other people pray to God. There is always power in community when we are praying with our Savior.