Connecting with God – Prayer
In my last post, I discussed the importance of connecting with God, and also showed that God wants to fellowship and connect with you every day. That’s why you were created: to fellowship and worship a great, loving, benevolent, Heavenly Father.
In the next several months, we’ll visit different ways that you can connect with God. Today, we’ll look at one of the most powerful ways we can talk with God: Prayer.
To start, do you have an idea of who the biggest believer in prayer is? Let me tell you, it’s the enemy, Satan, the Devil. He most certainly doesn’t want you talking to God.
The Bible tells us in James 2:19, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.” If the demons and Devil believe in God, then they are aware of how powerful He is. And they don’t want you anywhere near that power.
One of the ways you access that power is through prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. Just like you would pick up the phone to call a friend and have a conversation, it’s no different with God.
Here’s the good news.
As a child of God and because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you can pray and talk to God whenever you want to. How cool is that! In your home, in your bed, driving in your car, you can straight up go to God and have conversation with Him. We serve such a great God.
James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
There’s power in prayer, and not just power but effective power. Prayer is power that works.
Now I’m not sure what you think of when you read that Word from God in James about the prayer of a righteous person. For me, I can tell you that I struggled with that word “righteous” for quite some time. The definition of righteous is “morally right or justifiable.” And in my mind, I’m so far from that.
But after spending time with God in prayer, it became a little clearer to me.
On my own, I’m not righteous. I am a sinner who needs a Savior. But because I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and those sins went with Jesus to the cross, because of His death and resurrection, I am righteous. Not because of me or what I’ve done, but because of Jesus. The blood of Jesus covers me.
In fact, in Isaiah 1:18, here’s what God has to say. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
Spend time connecting with God in prayer. It will bring power to your life. You are righteous by the blood of Jesus. And the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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