I’m not sure what your hopes, dreams and aspirations are for the New Year. Better health? Better job? Better relationships? Better home? Better…whatever? Each year most people at least ponder on what kind of a New Year’s resolution they will start off with to better their life in some way. What about you?
I have a suggestion: What about your prayer life in 2018? I would venture to say most would agree that the spiritual discipline or practice of prayer is vitally important. What steps are you willing to take to have a better prayer life?
We are starting a new sermon series this Sunday titled: Breakthrough Prayer. It’s our hope this will help us to better understand prayer and create a deeper desire to become more intentional in the practice of prayer. Prayer is about our union with God.
Here are a several quotes that might spur you on in considering a better prayer life:
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” Soren Kierkegard
“Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” Mother Teresa
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther
“The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness. In souls filled with love, the desire to please God is continual prayer.” John Wesley
I certainly have not fully arrived in my prayer life. But what I do know when I’m in prayer is the sense of the presence and power of God. And many times when, or after praying, I’ve experienced some form of “breakthrough transformation.” To list a few…A forgiving spirit. Being less judgmental. Peace of mind and heart. More kind and loving. Better discernment in decisions.
It’s my hope you will experience new transformation in 2018 through prayer! Happy New Year!