For the remainder of July, you will see some of our favorite blogs from earlier in the year. As we are in a month of rest and revival, we hope you enjoy these reminders.
We are going to take the next two weeks and look at various tools for developing a powerful prayer life. I want you to picture each day as a key that I am going to hand you. This key is meant to show you a way you can open a spiritual door and access the powerful presence of God.
For some of you, these may be new keys you have never known. For others, you may find that these are keys that you either forgot about or lost. Either way, I pray you will use these keys regularly and purposefully. Let’s jump in.
The first key is this: know the character of God. Take a moment and read Matthew 7:7-11.
In these verses, Jesus asks a profound question. If earthly fathers, who are consumed with original sin, still want good gifts for their kids, HOW MUCH MORE does your perfect heavenly Daddy want to give you, his kids, GOOD GIFTS?
As Jesus points out in these verses: If you were to ask your earthly dad for a fish, would he give you a snake? What an awful dad that would be! Or if you were to ask for bread, a staple of life, would he give you a stone? Ridiculous! That is not a good dad!
God’s nature and character is good. Psalm 145:8 says, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
For those of us who have put our trust in Jesus and can call ourselves children of God, we have been reconciled fully to our Father. He no longer calls us servants, but friends (John 15:15). The sin that separated us from his love was paid for by Jesus on the cross.
Approach God knowing that he is a good Daddy. An intimate friend. He desires to give GOOD gifts to his children. That’s you and me.
Knowing this KEY will change how you pray every day!