By: Josh Pepper
Today is all about Prayer. As we begin to saturate ourselves with God’s Word, we must prepare our hearts and minds for Him to speak. Timothy Keller, a Pastor in New York says of prayer: “To pray is to accept that we are, and always will be, wholly dependent on God for everything.”
Are you wholly dependent on God? The easy answer is yes, but is it true of your entire life? I know that for myself, it is a daily struggle with my flesh to depend on the Lord.
In the journey to find God’s vision and direction for our lives, we must be wholly dependent on God. In John 8, Jesus Himself said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Outside of Christ is death. But the light of life is Christ at work in our lives and giving us our sense of purpose and direction.
As we venture further into the mystery of God’s purpose for our lives, prayer is the foundational way in which we align ourselves with the Lord. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6
Prayer strips away anxiety, focuses our hearts on Christ, and calls to our minds the countless displays of God’s faithfulness we have experienced in our lives.
Take time today during your time in God’s Word to settle your heart and mind on Christ through prayer. Read Matthew Chapter 6 and see what Jesus had to say about prayer. Ask for His guidance and direction in your life and trust in His faithfulness.
Timothy Keller's book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God