How has prayer shaped you?
We love to ask the question, who are you? We know that’s a difficult question to answer. But it is a very important question. When you know who you are then you know what is shaping you! Tonight we are focusing on prayer and how it shapes you. If your life is shaped by prayer than you are on your way to knowing who you are and who you were made to be! Prayer is one of the greatest things we have the privilege to participate in. We all can talk to God! We all have the ability to impact the world and our surroundings with prayer. When you pray you are being shaped and you are also seeing the world around you shaped. When you pray you are standing in front of your God, and He hears you and He loves you.
Have you ever seen direct answers to your prayers? When we see our prayers answered we are shaped and changed. Our faith increases and grows in us. Yes there are times when we don’t see our prayers answered in the way that we wanted them to be answered we may fell like our prayer was not answered at all. But believe me your prayer was heard and answered. You were shaped because of that experience. Our prayer life is so important, it shapes us from the inside out. What do we receive because we pray? We receive and learn God’s will for our life. It allows God to have an avenue into our herts. It grows our relationship with Him. It grows us and increases our faith. Check out this verse, it lets us see how God wants us to respond to life. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Wow how in the world are we able to do that? Prayer, when we pray and go before God with everything we are given hope that He is with us in everything that we face. If he is with us what in the world would we every be afraid of. What trouble would we ever have that we can’t face! If we were to live this way then we could say that prayer is shaping us and growing us in awesome ways. I really like this verse because it does not give us any room to wiggle. There is no either or we are just to follow this verse and live this way! We are to follow this despite how we feel or what emotions are leading us to do. We are to be shaped by this verse and our prayers are to be continuous. Think how your life would be different if you lived by this verse? Just give a thought and keep reading…
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