I think that is a big challenge, especially in a society that frequently puts out a message of being “past” believing in God (though this is not actually always backed up by the statistics). We are constantly told that science or modern thought has made God irrelevant (I don’t think either of these worry Him- either the laws of the world He created or the morality of the people He made in His image). As a Christian at such a time, we can lose focus on the reality of God, which should really be our automatic starting point, a bit like believing in any other thing we can experience without seeing such as wind or gravity. So I had some thoughts on how I first approached prayer and how my faith affected it… (I hope this is helpful)
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” says James 1:27 (see link for context), and there is a lot in there about not just hearing but obeying the word. But this is easier said than done! Recently I have been reading (on occasion) the old book A Taste of New Wine by Keith Miller. This book is filled with a lot of wisdom from God, lived out and shared. It is brimful of encouragement too- the author does not depict himself as perfect but points us more and more towards the perfect God.
One of the interesting points the book makes (among numerous others) is the value of spending time with God. Just “feeling we ought to” does not inspire us to read the scriptures and really spend time talking with the Lord (oh… and listening). Continue reading →