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The Prayer Closet - Tips in Prayer:
* Before you Ask God for anything, take time to first Worship and Adore Him in prayer. Stroke His Face with your Praise. Bless His name by Bragging on Who He is. Tell Him how great and awesome He is. Remember, He inhabits the praises of His people.
* Press your Relationship to Him: i.e., Father/Son or Father/Daughter relationship.
* Adjust your Attitude to His Priority: i.e., His will being done and His kingdom coming to your domain.
* Then break out in a Doxology - confess His sovereign rule and majesty.
* Now you are prepared to Petition God for your needs! Read Matthew 6:5-15
*Take a Praise Break! Schedule breaks for Praise & Prayer during your day. Allot ten, twenty or thirty minutes just for Praise, Prayer and Bible Reading. You'll be surprised how that will add to your growth, and free you of hang-ups in public worship. Said David in Psalms 34:1, "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
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Have you ever eaten at an expensive restaurant for a special occasion? There you are, all dressed up, with three different forks, fine china and crystal. You are very careful to not embarrass yourself by spilling anything, or doing anything inappropriate.
Now compare that to eating a meal at home. There you are in comfortable clothes, you definitely only have one fork! If you are like me, you are eating your meal on the coffee table while watching TV. There is no fine china or crystal. If you drop something on the floor, you wait to see if the dog will eat it.
Obviously, you are relaxed and comfortable.
You see, God didn’t design worship to be
an expensive meal at a fancy restaurant. He designed worship to be a
family meal, a time to come together in a comfortable setting, with your
brothers and sisters.
SURVIVING THE RIVER OF DEATH
TOTALLY COMMITTED TO GOD
So, at that time, at $27 a barrel for crude, this average “Joe farmer” just discovered an annual income of about $2.5 million dollars after expenses. At this, the other man replied, "My goodness. What are you going to do with all that money?" The farmer looked out over the scarred land and oil rigs and said, "I’m gonna buy me a farm that don’t have any oil on it."
That’s a striking story, mainly because it shows a person who sees something more valuable than the money his oil wells are producing. Such a person is a rare individual these days. More and more in our society money is the name-of-the-game of life. Most of us know what we would do in that farmer’s situation: we’d keep on digging for more wells; try to get more money; we’d do everything in our power to move deeper into that “strike-it-rich” that “strike while the irons hot” situation. And, it is precisely in this area of our existence that most of us, who are trying to imitate Christ, encounter our biggest stumbling block. The ability to totally respond to God’s love and to be totally committed to the ministry of loving service depends, in this money driven age, largely on a willingness to choose God over mammon. If our priorities are sound then our “natural family” should be the most important thing “On Earth” to us. But even they should be no higher than “Second Fiddle” versus our relationship with God. Then there is the “Church Family” and a lot of other things that come before our desire for the “almighty dollar.” That doesn’t belong anywhere close to the top!
If the materialistic or money aspect of our lives is not included in our response to God, God is being blocked out of every aspect of our lives, whether we realize it or not. In imitation of Christ we must trust God enough that even our quest for money and material possessions will be made to harmonize with His Divine Will…In other words, we will want less and give more. We cannot serve God and mammon simultaneously. We have Jesus’ word on that!
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