Day 2: New Believers Talking to God
Talking to God
In any great relationship, there is great conversation! It shouldn’t surprise you that your relationship with God is no different. In short, you do this through prayer, and Jesus teaches us what to pray and how to pray. In today’s encouragement, we’ll talk about what that looks like based on what Jesus taught us.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Why should I pray?
- Jesus told us to pray. Jesus gave the disciples the best example to follow. We read of Jesus taking time to pray in many passages throughout the Bible. Also, on a number of occasions, He told them to pray.
- Prayer reveals things. Prayer also helps us get spiritual insight into our lives. It is through prayer that we get a Heavenly perspective. As we pray, God reveals things to us. There are things about our own lives that will be revealed to us through prayer.
- Prayer changes things. God hears our prayers and He responds. He sometimes responds in extraordinary ways, but oftentimes He responds in ordinary ways. However, in every way, prayer changes things in more ways than we can comprehend.
The key to prayer
You may have wondered why Christians say, “…in Jesus’ name” at the end of every prayer. We do this because Jesus told His disciples that whenever they asked Father God for anything, to ask for it in His name.
“Truly I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father IN MY NAME, he will give it to you.” – John 16:23
Today’s challenge after watching the video
Pause right now and talk to God for 5 minutes. Ask Him those questions you’ve had. Put your requests before Him and pray through Luke 11 as we referenced in the video. Make the decision that you’re going to pray for 5 minutes every day over the next week.