40 Days of Prayer Intro - Do You Really Want To Grow Up?
We need to focus on learning about prayer because it’s God’s connection point to us in our lives! We often get so caught up in all the things we need to do in life, we inadvertently forget about God and our relationship to Him!
We need to know Him more, we need to live our lives in light of eternity, to see Him more clearly every day... and prayer is how we get there.
Read Ephesians 4:13-14, it explains why growing in maturity is so important. We can be tossed about, living like children concerning our walk with the Lord if we do not mature! Just like in the natural world, number of years doesn’t automatically mean maturity... we must actively pursue becoming mature.
We grow when we feed on God’s word- Matthew 4:4 is where Jesus quotes the scripture about needing Gods word to live.
**Action Step: commit to daily time with the Lord for the next 40 days.
We grow when we develop spiritual habits- Hebrews 5:12-14 & 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 shows us how teaching and personal discipline are required. No one trains accidentally- since our prize is eternal, we should be taking our training seriously.
We grow spiritually when we help each other grow - Hebrews 10:24-25 shows that connection and meeting with other believers is so important.
**Action Step: Join a small group (click here to be taken to the page with the schedule and groups).
We grow when we expect to grow - Matthew 9:29 shows how the two blond men came with expectations that Jesus would answer their prayers.
We grow when we commit to grow - Jeremiah 29:11-13 shows us that He has plans for us, and that when we pray He listens, and that looking for Him wholeheartedly will cause us to find Him. We often read verse 11 on its own, but Jeremiah wrote this as a letter, and these thoughts are connected together!
The next 40 days we are committed as a church family to go deeper in prayer, and in relationship with each other! Let’s run this race together, and run it in such a way as to win the prize.