If God is not at the heart of the matter, particularly prayer, can we truly say that we are praying to God? If God is at the heart of the matter, then we will start with God. What does it mean to start with God? Take a look at the video below, the second in the series.
God at the Heart of the Matter of Prayer
When God is at the heart of the matter, you not only start with God, you look to Jesus Christ. We noted this in our last blog post as we sought to pray effectively like Jesus. In addition, as we said then, “your life will also mirror your prayers as you pray according to how God wants you to live.”
In looking to Jesus, there are three things we see, as I mention in the video above and the book, How to Pray: Living Wholly Through Honest, Surrendered, Heart Praying
- Intimacy. God is someone to whom you can be close, as with a loving parent. This was how Jesus approached and related to God. This what Jesus demonstrated and what Jesus taught in the Lord’s prayer.
- Freedom. God is such a loving parent that you can go to God with honesty, praying from your heart, laying bare who you are. Take your struggles to God. Take your triumphs. Take your heart for others. That’s freedom.
- Release. When you start with God and enter that close relationship with God, when you find freedom, you can safely release your will and take up God’s will in its place. You seek to find out and do what God wants. Moreover, you release the pressure in your life as you get direction and clarity. What joy!
If you haven’t looked at the video yet, here is the link again. Discover the heart of the matter with prayer and the heart of the matter in the book, How to Pray: Living Wholly Through Honest, Surrendered, Heart Praying.
Here is the link to get the book, for those who want to explore more and haven’t gotten it yet. Remember that the specially discounted Kindle price ends Friday, September 25, 2015. Thank you.