Devotional: ‘Praying with Secrecy’ pt. 2

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Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Jesus encouraged His followers to find a quiet place where they could be alone with God. Why is it so important that we develop a prayer closet?

1) SO THAT WE CAN FOCUS COMPLETELY ON OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

See yesterday’s devotional.

2) SO THAT WE CAN BE OPEN AND HONEST WITH GOD

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Devotional: ‘Praying with Secrecy’ pt. 1

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Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Throughout the Bible we find people praying in all kinds of places. We read of those who prayed in the Temple as well as those who prayed during a battle. Daniel prayed before an open window and Peter prayed on a housetop. But Paul prayed in prison. Prayers can be offered anywhere and at any time.

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DEVOTIONAL: ‘Praying with Sincerity’

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One has only to read the gospels to see how much Jesus depended upon prayer. There were times when He arose very early in the morning in order to have a private time to pray. There were other times when He spent the whole night in prayer. And often before He performed many of His mighty miracles, He first prayed over the matter. Jesus’ ministry was built upon the foundation of prayer.

It is because of this that Jesus recognized the need to teach His disciples how to pray as well. He understood that their spiritual walk would be no greater than their prayer life. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us some very important principles concerning effective praying.

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DEVOTIONAL: ‘Lord, Teach Us to Pray’’

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Jesus said – “men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” (Luke 18:1) According to Jesus, if we don’t pray, we will faint; it’s just that simple. The word faint describes a believer who becomes so discouraged that they want to quit. Only through prayer can we find the strength we need to stay strong during difficult times. Why is prayer so important? There are several reasons:

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Devotional: ‘The Deacons’

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Every believer is to be a servant. Every believer is to be a diakonos. The Greek word diakonos means servant. Jesus said– “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them. It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…” (diakonos) (Matthew 20:25-26)

Every believer is to be a servant; yet, the Bible also teaches us that there is an official position in the church known as a deacon. When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians he began with – “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:’ (Philippians 1:1) Paul referred to this position as well when he wrote his first letter to Timothy, “But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless.” (1 Timothy 3:10)

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