WHY SHOULD YOU PRAY & SPEND TIME WITH GOD ? (continued)
■ GOD WANT YOU TO HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE HIM AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIM IN ALL THINGS. HE WANTS YOU TO DEPEND ON HIM.
- “ TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT." - PROVERBS 3:5-6
- DANIEL 10:12 - 2 CHRON. 7:14 - I PETER 5:6 - MICAH 6:8
"That which brings the praying soul near to God is humility of heart…Pride, self-esteem, and self-praise effectually shut the door of prayer." - E.M. Bounds
"I discovered an astounding truth: God is attracted to weakness. He can't resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for his power." - Jim Cymbala "Fresh Wind/ Fresh Fire"
God reveals Himself and His will and plans and His activity to people who humble themselves under Him, to people who fully acknowledge their complete & vital need for Him, to people who fully reverence Him and acknowledge that Jesus is Lord and Master and everything belongs to Him, and to people who out of love and reverence for Him fully yield and submit themselves to Him.
■ IT IS GOD'S DESIRE & WILL FOR YOU TO PRAY AND TALK TO HIM CONTINUALLY, AND TRUST EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE TO HIM:
- "PRAY CONTINUALLY;... FOR THIS IS GOD'S WILL FOR YOU IN CHRIST JESUS." - I THESSALONIANS 5:17-18
Since God is your loving Heavenly Father, He deeply cares for you (see I Peter 5:7) and about all the details of your life. He wants to help you to have the very best life you can. Trust Him and talk to Him about everything in your life, and turn it all over to Him.
■ YOU NEED GOD'S GUIDANCE & WISDOM & POWER & STRENGTH &
PROTECTION & PROVISIONS & COMFORT & PRESENCE IN OUR LIVES.
YOU NEED GOD. (See JEREMIAH 10:21; 23)
■ YOU ARE IN A SPIRITUAL BATTLE AGAINST EVIL FORCES; YOU WILL
LOSE THE BATTLE IF YOU FIGHT IN YOUR OWN POWER BECAUSE SATAN IS MORE POWERFUL THAN WE ARE. BUT GOD WILL GIVE YOU VICTORY DAILY-
IF YOU PRAY & WALK WITH HIM AND LET HIM FIGHT THE BATTLES. (See I PETER 5:8, DANIEL 10:12-13, I JOHN 4:4, MATT. 26:40-41, and 2 COR. 2:14 )
- “FOR OUR STRUGGLE IS NOT AGAINST FLESH & BLOOD, BUT AGAINST THE RULERS, AGAINST THE AUTHORITIES, AGAINST THE POWERS OF THIS DARK WORLD AND AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL IN THE HEAVENLY REALMS." – EPHESIANS 6:12, (also see v.18-20)
You need God to fight your battles for you, so that you can experience His victories in your life, and in your service for Him, and in your efforts to reach the lost people around you.