Pastor’s Ponderings: What Makes One Weak?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

 The following thoughts were submitted by Pastor Jim on 1/15/15…

Greetings Friends:

PLEASE READ: Luke 18:1

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (NIV).

PLEASE READ: Ephesians 6:18

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (NIV).

PLEASE READ: Acts 1:14

“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers” (NIV).

One of the great things about the Christian faith is that God invites us to be in daily conversation with Him. While so many other faiths present a deity who is distant from their pilgrims, the Christian faith presents a God who longs for a growing relationship with each of us. We grow through the reading of God’s holy Scriptures, through participation in worship, through service, and through a conversation called “prayer.”

 

 

Prayer Chapel

Prayer Chapel

Sign- Open for Prayer _IMG_1295Let’s pause and honestly consider something: Do we take advantage of this marvelous invitation of God to be in conversation with Him? Think about it, God desires for us to tell Him all that is on our hearts and minds while at the same time allowing us to hear a word from Him each time we pray! That is awesome!

I continually stand amazed at how often this spiritual privilege is ignored or not taken seriously. Many offer weak excuses such as they “are too busy” to cultivate an active prayer life with God.

Yet as we carefully read holy Scripture we see that Jesus was a man of prayer:

 

And this is just a brief sampling!

A question to seriously consider is this:

If Jesus prayed, how much more do you and I need to pray?

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The people called Methodists have always been people of prayer. John Wesley taught that “prayer is essential. It is one of God’s most important gifts to keep us connected to the One who steadfastly loves us and whose grace is necessary to sustain us.”

I recall Rev. Jay Amey saying in a sermon many years ago:

“Seven days without prayer makes one weak.”

John Wesley said it this way:

“The absence of prayer, is the single most serious cause
of spiritual drought in the life of a Christian.”

How is your prayer life? Do you find yourself in a spiritual drought right now? Why not refresh your souls by praying and enjoying a refreshing and renewing time with God? Prayer has the ability to release “showers of blessing” upon our parched and drought-ridden souls. Jesus prayed, do we?

Shalom,

Pastor Jim

 

 

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