Back to Basics
When I teach at a men’s event, one of the things I say early on and every time is, “Christian men don’t fall morally because they just didn't have a good grip on their end times theology or because they were unable to properly exegete the Book of James. They fall because they forget to do the basics of their faith.”
So often it’s the simple stuff we know but forget, which can lead to failure.
I think it’s as good a time as any to remind ourselves not what we should know but what we must do.
If you ask the average, busy Christian man, “Do you believe in the power of prayer?” his answer would likely be, “Yes, absolutely!” Then ask, “Do you believe that laying your cares and burdens before the Lord, plus interceding for those around you, is an important priority?” Again, the answer would be “Certainly.”
Then the next question: “Does the time you spend daily and weekly in prayer reflect your belief in the discipline you feel so strongly about?”
In case you are already feeling some guilt about your evaluation of your prayer time—don’t. Just don’t. This is not about condemnation but conviction—and a reminder to us all about the most basic discipline of our faith.
I’ve been listening to the New Testament on mp3 lately and recently heard Jesus’ parable about the lady and the judge in Luke 18. While this story confuses me a bit and challenges me a little in my theology, the takeaway is God saying, “Knock and ask! A lot! Talk to me. Tell me what you think I need to know about your life.”
If it’s been a while since you’ve prayed or if you know you’ve not been engaged in the way you want to be, then be encouraged today to enter back in. Here are a few thoughts as we remind ourselves about the basic discipline of prayer…
- Prayer is a conversation between you and your Heavenly Father.
- Your Father wants to hear your heart.
- Your Father wants you to be specific about what you need.
Basic, huh? Simple, right? That’s it. If you’ve turned your prayer time into anything else, it's time to get back to the simplicity of the conversation. For a reason higher than we can understand, Scripture is quite clear on God asking for us to tell Him what, in His sovereignty, He already knows about us. And this can be for one reason—He desires a relationship with us as His sons. A talk-and-listen, give-and-take friendship.
Could it be time for many of us to humbly hit our knees and reacquaint ourselves...not only with a simple, heart-rendered prayer but also with a renewal of a heart-connected relationship with our Heavenly Dad?
God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them. I tell you, God will help his people quickly. But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?” —Luke 18:7-8 NCV
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