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Feb 10 2018

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The Privilege of Prayer

The Privilege of Prayer

The Privilege of Prayer

I sat in my office with coffee hot. I gathered my notebook, prayer book, and pen. Opening to a new page, I write the date and look at the plan for today. Then I read the first step: pray. Truly, that should always be the first step in any step I take. But, I always need the prompt. It’s there, and I pray.

I breathe deeply and let my thoughts settle on the One who joins me, who listens to my voice. A lump grows in my throat, and I’m taken aback by the emotion and feel the awesome privilege before me. I’m talking to the Creator of the universe.

It’s always good to start prayer with words of truth about God. When we know to whom we speak, we either shrink back because we see our unworthiness or step forward with a deep sense of privilege.

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God is…

all-knowing. all-powerful, ever-present

perfect in love and purpose

never missing the tiny details

God knows…

my whole story, even the parts I’m too embarrassed to speak out loud

the ways he’s working in my life that are too wonderful for me to see

exactly what I need

the right path for me to walk

the past, the present, and the future…for everyone

how to make a way

God provides…

wisdom

strength

grace

mercy

salvation

sanctification

resources…always just right, and just on time

comfort for the deepest pain

peace that is beyond understanding

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That’s not all. I’ve only just begun my list. Five minutes won’t cut it. With more time, the list will grow—more time to ponder the wonder of God…and time to grow in knowing him better as I read and read again his word. An awesome and everlasting God is he.

Yes, I pause to revel in this thought: because of Christ, I have God’s ear. It’s hard for me not to feel gratitude at the privilege of pouring my heart out to him.

Scripture tells us…

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

 

I need him, so I pray.

We all need him. Don’t we?

This song is a wonderful reminder.

Do you pause and ponder the privilege of prayer?

What’s on your five-minute list about God? What moves your heart toward a sense of privilege of being in his presence?

If you’ve never taken time to pray the truth about God, how do you think it would change your prayers?

Learning more about prayer

Prayer isn’t complicated. It doesn’t have to have special words. But if you’re new to prayer, I have a few recommendations:

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What is Five Minute Friday?

I’m joining my Five Minute Friday friends with the word privilege. My five minutes are between the // marks.

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