Prayer Part 1
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
Praying – By Mary Oliver
“It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot or a few small stones; just
pay attention, then patch a few words together, and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway
into thanks, a silence in which another voice may speak.”
So often we make it difficult to talk to God. It is just as simple as
saying, “Hey God, sending my love and I’m paying attention for your
voice today. I’m listening, and I just wanted you to know I love you.” I
think as a parent, those are the words we all want to hear. Not really
looking for anything because I know you have everything I need. It is all
mine anyway, so I just wanted to say, “I love you.”
Pure communication is open, honest, loving, thoughtful, and full of
truth. God wants honesty and openness. We need to always keep it real
with God, and then He can keep it real with us. If you are angry, be
angry, if you are sad, be sad, and express that to God. If a moment in
your life you feel angry and disappointed with God, He can handle that.
What He can’t handle is pretense and the lack of truth. Keep it real, He
Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
God is looking for the pure in heart in all His people. It does not
require perfection to be pure in heart. It requires a desire and longing
to be close to God. To see Him and love Him more than all other things.
The scripture says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see
God.” It is that pure faith that brings you into the presence of God. It is
a pull for heaven that must respond to the purity of one’s heart.
Pure – clean, clear, fresh, sparkling, unpolluted, uncontaminated,
To get a clean, clear, and fresh heart it takes surrounding yourself with
clean, clear, and fresh things. Surround yourself with books, CDs,
ministry, and people that have the heart of God. It is so easy to be
surrounded by unclean, unclear, and trashy things because it is all a
part of the world we live in. It takes determination, persistence, and a
clear decision to keep our lives pure and untainted from “the trash” and
the things that pull us away from God. He must be that important to
our lives. For your success, He must be that important to you.
4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your
Delight – pleasure, happiness, joy, glee, gladness; excitement,
amusement; bliss, rapture, elation, euphoria.
It is that pleasure, happiness, and excitement just to be in the presence
of God; that brings God to us and He delights in being around us.
Everyone loves to be around someone that wants to be around them.
God loves a cheerful giver. Not just a giver of money, but in time spent
with him and doing the work of ministry with joy and out of a pure
2 Corinthians 9:7 AMPC
7 Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in
his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God
loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling
to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver
[whose heart is in his giving].
God takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to
abandon or to do without YOU! He looks at your pure heart of love and
is drawn to you and desires to be with you always. Isn’t that great to
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit
So, our desire every day is to ask God to create in us a “pure” heart and
renew that right spirit in us to create that pure communication with
Let’s say every day, “My delight is in you alone God! Not only am I
talking to you today, but I’m listening!”
Next Week –
Prayer – “The Intimate Side of Prayer”
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Executive Pastor Lynette Roberts LifePointe Christian Faith Center
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