Gods’ Word is Life Changing
We are not trying to change God’s message… God’s message is to change us.
Read John: 17
Jesus Prays for All Believers
Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God, and he wants to get to know us better. It is absolutely vital that you pray to the very real God of the Bible if you expect genuine answers to your prayers. He reveals Himself to mankind in many ways—in creation, in the Bible, in His foretelling specific divine intervention in world affairs and in direct answers to those who seek and obey Him. The Apostle Paul was inspired to describe the true God in this way: “For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:5–6).
Although we’re living in a troubled world, we read of Jesus Christ acknowledging that God was a loving, divine Person—a “Father.” And we see the Father acting through Christ to heal the sick, to comfort the downcast and to teach those whom He calls to keep the Ten Commandments as a way of life (Matthew 19:17). This should certainly help us to better understand God’s character and His desire for us.
He taught His disciples the outline—the proper approach to prayer—He said: “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:9–13).
Consider the following:
- Talk to God in a direct and personal way
Do you talk to God in prayer, as if He’s real and is actually listening?
The Apostle Paul wrote, in Philippians 4:6,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Ask God to teach and direct you.
He is the One who knows best how to make our life work. Why not ask Him for direction?
So how does God teach us?Through His Word, which is this Book, the Bible. Ancient King David thirsted for God to teach him His ways. He wrote: “Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes” (Psalm 119:12). When we pray, we talk to God. When we read and study our Bible, God talks to us.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Psalm 119:103, 105
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
- Act on what God teaches you.
Are we going to take that next step and reach out to our Father in Heaven, and really talk to Him?Are we going to open a Bible—or get a Bible—and let God show us how to survive the stressful times we’re in? Are we going to act on what we learn?
What is putting pressure on you right now? Maybe you were downsized or furloughed because of the pandemic or lost a job. Maybe you have a difficult health trial. Maybe your relationships are a mess, and you and your mate are struggling to maintain a marriage under the weight of family and financial stresses. Maybe you are struggling with an addiction that is eroding your own sense of self and destroying your life. You want to quit, but you keep falling back into that black hole.
Did you know that God through His Word gives wisdom and real help on all of these issues and many more? We just have to be open to it and ask. And we have to start reading, and then put into practice what we learn.
In these stressful times, there is help. And that is through a personal relationship with God. And that starts with private, persistent prayer. Be sure you always pray specifically to this God—the true God—and to no other. As you begin your prayer, think about whom you are praying to and consciously worship this Great God.
We pray that none will render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
God is in control. He created everything. And He will guide us if we really want Him to. We can have real, genuine, peace of mind, through personal prayer with the One who gives us life and breath.