Welcome back to our sequel of our conversation on the teachings of Dr. Charles F. Stanley!
Last time we talked about how Dr. Stanley encouraged us to be Christ focused, stay driven to run the race, and taking the time to remember those who have gone before us by learning from their example.
Today, my interest is to mention one of many gifts that we have, and that is prayer.
The way you pray can reveal your relationship with God. How is your prayer life going? What does it look like? These are the types of questions I had once asked myself. Am I praying enough? Am I doing it correctly? Are just some other examples.
Intimacy is a game changer when it comes to prayer. The more intimate you are with the Lord, the more you will desire to communicate, discuss, seek, and ask of Him. You learn that this is God’s longing as well. The Gift of Prayer allows us to be unified with Father. What a word Dr. Stanley used, unified. It reminds me of what Jesus had once stated, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30, KJV), and we are promised that we also can have this kind of relationship too (please see 1 Corinthians 10:17, John 17:22, + Ephesians 4:4).
Being able to be presented in God’s presence is a privilege. For He is the Creator of all things. He not only created everything, but He takes pleasure, dedication, and honor in all the things He has considered to make. “But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.” (Psalm 4:3, KJV). It is truly amazing that we don’t have to be like the people of the world who have no hope. We have a caring Father who is willing to bend down to listen to anything that is dwelling within us that we cannot bear. OR even if it is something good with a thankful heart. Dr. Stanley made it aware that prayer is powerful & impactful simply because of the One whom we pray. He is the true source of our help.
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”Jeremiah 32:27
With all of this being said, I hope that this encourages you all to continue to pray. To consider improving your prayer life and if you lack in this department to not be hesitant in attempting to strengthen it. Even if you think you are ‘fine’ in this area, ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything you need to be brought to your attention. For we are all continuously learning and you might be surprised by what He brings up. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to give yourself the excuse to talk to the Most High any how? Nothing in your life escapes His notice. “ For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, KJV).