In this first of a three-part series on prayer, Pastor Neil shows how we can grow in our relationship with God through prayer in our prayer life. Here are some excerpts:
After coming to a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, how do you grow in your relationship with God? How do you develop your friendship with God? One way is through the cultivation of your prayer life. How? Through:
Prayer is not as hard as some people may think. Anne Lamott’s book Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers makes this point. Sometimes, meaningful prayer is as simple and powerful as crying out for help, or saying thanks to God for some manifestation of Hismercy or grace, or seeing the hand of God at work in some way and saying “Wow!” If prayerseems hard or intimidating to you, perhaps these cries of the heart to God are a good place to begin.
But they are only a place to begin. God wants you to go deeper in the life of prayer. God wants you to have a much richer, fuller relationship with Him in prayer. Ultimately, this is what prayer is about: a relationship.
It is a relationship with a Father who loves you with an unconditional love and who will never stop loving you; a Father who desires to be known by you. It is a relationship with a Friend who always has your best interests at heart; a relationship with Someone with whom you can be real, characterized by both intimacy and reverence (or respect).