Ken Green - July 16, 2017

Growing in Prayer

Growth for the child of God is a spiritual endeavor—and that calls for spiritual tools. What’s in your toolbox? A vital spiritual tool God has given us is prayer. Prayer, communication with the Lord of the universe, runs counter to our inclination toward self-reliance. With this tool, God reorients our lives for His purposes. To seek God in honest prayer is an acknowledgment of our limits, a yielding of control, and an expression of trust and reliance on the One who gave His Son for us. Prayer is more than talking with God, it involves listening and waiting on Him. God has a growth plan for you and me. That plan includes prayer. How skilled have you become at handling this tool He has given to you? 

Scripture References: Ephesians 3:14-21, Luke 11:9-13

From Series: "Grow"

Good theology loves a great paradox. God’s Word calls on us to grow — 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” And yet, God’s Word conveys that, because we are in Christ, we are already everything that we need to be — 2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” Both statements are true and need to be held to and purposefully lived out in the life of Jesus’ followers. During our Back to Basics for the Summer this year, we look at what it means for us to grow in faith, why God urges us to strive to grow, what His purposes are; the tools that He has given us to grow; the means by which He causes growth to come forth; how His Spirit is at work in us as we grow; and identifying some of the fruit that comes through that growth. Above all, our aim as God’s people reflects the calling God has made explicit in His Word: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:10-11).

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