Sunday Collectives 10/3/16 – 10/9/16
Many times when someone asks “How should I pray” somebody will direct them to Jesus’ prayer inMatthew 6:9-13 where He said, “You should pray like this: …” While He did give this as an example, implying that this is the only way to pray gives a very narrow focus and pulls a passage out of scripture and away from the whole Bible. When this happens we end up with a disconnected, disjointed view of not only that passage but all of God’s Word. Along with an answer that is incorrect.
By Jessica Dixon
Ephesians 1:18-19New International Version (NIV)
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength
Well, it seems this month I become a year older and as I look at my life I don’t see much accomplished in my life.
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2
In my journey as a Christian, I have struggled with what was the best way for God to hear me when I pray. I also wrestled with what position was best. I have learned many lessons in my discovery along the way. I learned first that God hears you no matter where or what.
The writer of Hebrews challenged his readers to move beyond the, “milk of the Word. (Hebrews 5:11-6:4)” So, to say that doctrine is not necessary is to try to live this life, as though one is building a swingset with no instructions. Ask anyone who has tried such a thing, and they will point out how utterly futile such an effort is.
Everyone loves a party, but rarely does anyone get to go to this kind of party.
It’s a party thrown in your honor when you were anything but deserving of a party. In fact you had caused the party giver much pain. However instead of condemning; the party giver invites us to the grandest party of all.
LAST WEEK’S CONVERSATION
I overheard a conversation the other day. It was between God and Satan, and it was about you. From time to time, Satan has been forced into God’s presence to be reviewed and humiliated. Together, we have read of such meetings in the book of Job. Well, it happened again the other day, and this time your name popped up.
Boldly, defiantly, and with sinister intent, Satan looked at God and demanded to have access to you. He wanted to have you, harm you, humiliate you, and leave you scarred and broken.