QTVOTD: The heart of prayer…

“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.”” John 17:1-2 ->me:  UBER Point – I have been given to Jesus by the Father; as His, I am sealed.  I am more and more convinced that the books “A Praying Life”(APL) and “Respectable Sins”(RS) go together.  My focus has been on prayer and my heart condition when I approach prayer – APL is helping me to come into prayer in a more consistent and meaningful way, and RS is teaching me how to avoid the sin that so easily entangles when I embrace differing expectations than God’s will as a result of my prayers.  Here are my primary foundations on this topic this week -> 1) Prayer has to be consistent but it doesn’t have to be formal.  2) When I live a life that seeks God, He promises to reward when I have faith in Him and Who He is.  3) I may not see the answers to some prayers in my life-time; but I can receive His peace in respect to those requests.  4) Persistence in prayer can accelerate God’s answer.  5) Prayer provides more than just a means to lay my petitions before God; it is a powerful avenue to grow my relationship with Him.  However, I must treat my prayer time as more than speaking into a black box, I must see it as a way to ‘Hear’ the Holy Spirits voice and ‘See’ His hand in my circumstances.

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