Reflection: Over this week we have considered some simple guidelines for prayer, the discipline of prayer and a culture of prayer.
Today, our last in this seven-day series on prayer we will look at six things that prayer impacts:
- Prayer keeps us close to the Holy Spirit. To become like Caleb, we want to become utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit, as we can’t do God’s work without him.
- Prayer is the primary way the Christ is formed in us. See Galatians 4.19 “until Christ is formed in you”
- Prayer re-orientates toward the Light. We live in a complex world with many distractions and strident voices. How do we guard our heart and keep focused on God’s light? By constantly realigning our lives to God through prayer.
- Prayer is spiritually potent. See James 5.17 “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours and he prayed fervently…”
- Prayer breaks chains. Chains of regret, pain, sin, addiction, brokenness.
- Prayer keeps God in the right perspective. We don’t get to a clear perspective on life and the world by trying to re position God in our worldview.
Prayer is something which, as people of the Risen Lord, we just have to keep practicing! Just do it!
Prayer: Father God, I want to be oriented towards the Light. I do not want to be crushed by chains of past sins and hurt. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Heal me of my sins. Let me come to you each day, ready to live for you and in you. Amen.