Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday Thoughts - "The Heart of Relationship" (9-8-16)

Last week we talked about how Jesus opens His prayer pattern with addressing God as Father - our point of access to God is as His children.

One thing to consider in this is how this relationship has been made possible. Of course, the only way we can become children of God is through salvation in Jesus Christ. So, how can we incorporate this into prayer?

When you pray, how do you begin? Well, like most of us, we fall into the trap of giving God a quick thanks, then quickly jumping our list of needs. What difference does Jesus make in that? Very little that is stated, anyway. What would happen if we began our prayer time by taking at least a few moments to reflect on and give thanks for the cross of Jesus? To praise Him and remind ourselves of the sacrifice He provided for our sins so that we can be forgiven and be called His children. In 1 Corinthians 15:3, the death of Jesus for our sins is said to be "of first importance." I have to wonder if someone made a transcript of my prayers over the past year, would they clearly conclude that this is of first importance in my praying?

Consider the spiritual impact that would take place in your life if you began your daily prayer time by reflecting on the cross? Would you be willing to give it a try for the next week? Even at the risk of never getting around to your list of needs. Just focus on the cross. Glory in the cross. Let the truth of all that the cross entails wash over you. Forgiveness. Freedom. Eternal life. New life. A child of God!

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