So prayer. Pretty big deal for us Christians.
When I first started out gettin’ right with the Lord, I don’t think I fully understood the purpose of prayer. I kind of treated God like He was a genie who was there to grant my wishes.
- This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)
- Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:12)
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Mostly my prayers were requests. By requests, I mean passive aggressive demands. Needless to say, that was no way to approach Him. I emphasized the ‘presenting my requests’ part while ignoring the ‘with thanksgiving’ part.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)
After my Bible study, I found out that prayer is a two-way street. That’s the point of communication, right? To speak and to listen.
He listens to those who speak to but speaks to those who listen.
Tonight I studied what I think is the most important aspect of the Christian faith: God’s love.
All the topics I have gone over prior to this evening were really just Biblical tips on clearing the path between God and me. But God’s love is the very foundation of Christianity. Without it, man would have never been created. Certainly Jesus would have never died for our sins.
It’s so fundamental but easy to forget when we busy ourselves with trying to not only make sense of an ancient text, but make it applicable for today’s times. We argue over doctrine. Do we take the Bible literally? Do we only adhere to the parts that fit in today’s society? Should we be tolerant of sin as Jesus was? Or should we stick to the laws laid down specifically by God? Is it our duty to convert others? Or should we accept religious differences?