Thursday, March 30, 2006

Missing the Point

While thinking about the power Jesus promised us through prayer, we must not lose sight of what is most important. Prayer is first of all about a relationship with God.

Just before Jesus performed one of his most spectacular miracles, the raising of Lazarus, he prayed the following prayer, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me" (John 11:41-42).

What is Jesus saying? He is saying that he knows the Father intimately and knows what the Father wants to do. He knows this because he has been stealing away to spend time with the Father.
The primary purpose of prayer is to get to know God.

How do we get to know another person? By spending time with him or her.

(I almost deleted this post. Because I’m not really saying anything new.)

If we are focusing on prayer in order to obtain spiritual power, then we’re missing the whole point. Besides, getting close to God is more valuable than any amount of spiritual power.

Pastor Rod

“Helping you become the person God created you to be”