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Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Joy-filled Prayer Life

            Have you had your Joy Juice today? If you’ve had your quiet time with God, I’m sure that you’ve had a serving of joy!

            Peter Lord in his book Hearing God writes: “Prayer is a two-way conversation with God the Father and one of us, his children. It is one of the primary sources of fellowshipping with our Lord, but we must open our hearts to what he has to say.  When we hear God in our times of meditation and prayer, there is much we learn about him and about ourselves.”

            Most of us like to know that people are listening when we speak.  The conversation is brief when it’s one-sided! The same is true with prayer! “Prayer is transformed when it moves from a monologue to a dialogue---when you listen to God speak after you have spoken or when you listen to him speak before you even utter a word.” (Peter Lord)

            Someone has jokingly said that God gave us two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we talk. For some of us, that’s sometimes hard to do!   But let’s remember that when we learn to listen to God, prayer is vitalized.  It is valuable in our lives, and it becomes exciting.

            Let’s evaluate our prayer life.  Is it dull and routine?  For many of us, it may even be nonexistent on some days.  What we should all hope for is an exciting experience when we go to God in prayer because we recognize the voice of the One Who loves us supremely.  When our prayer life is a personal exchange with our Father, then it will be overflowing with JOY!

            Drink from the fountain of Joy Juice that comes from an exciting prayer life and a personal relationship with Jesus.

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