Confidence in Prayer

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”.1 John       When you plant a seed in your garden, do you get discouraged the very next day when you don’t see any growth? Do you walk away and abandon your garden altogether? No, of course not. We trust that if we plant a seed in fertile soil and faithfully water it, that it will grow and eventually bear fruit. Our prayers are no different. In fact, you could think of praying as planting. With each prayer to God, you’re planting a seed. And when we faithfully pray; truly putting our trust in God, our prayers will take root if they are in accordance with his will. Likewise, a tree takes years to grow but when fully developed, people can enjoy its shade for generations. In other words, our personal prayers to God become our legacy. However, the concept of prayer is foreign to too many people. There’s a common misconception that prayer must be formal, elaborate, and well articulated. While that’s not true, there are some simple and practical ways to improve how you pray.


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Fighting Our Spiritual Battle

       When Jesus was preparing to send His disciples into battle, He told them, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). We do not fight our spiritual battle alone – Jesus is working in and through us to confirm the victory He won over sin and death.  At least twice in Paul’s ministry, Jesus appeared to the chief apostle to strengthen and encourage him – once in Corinth (Acts 18: 9-11) and again in Jerusalem (Acts 23:11). It was true in the Old Testament and New and It is still true today “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; Joshua 1:5).


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