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Prayer is More than Just Asking

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One purpose of prayer is to help us know God. To know Him, we have to spend time with Him, just as we must with any person if we want to know that person well (John 17:3; 1 John1:3).

  1. Begin each day with God—Jesus taught us that it is important to have some quiet time with our Father every day. Early morning is one of the best times, before we get caught up in the business of the day. If this isn’t part of your daily life now, ask God to help you begin with just a few minutes, and he will (Matthew 6:6; 9-13).


  1. Come with clean hands and pure heart—the Bible promises that we can grow close to God if we have clean hands and a pure heart, and He will come close to us (James 4:8). That simply means we must confess our sins. When we do, God forgives us and causes us to be clean (1 John 1:9), and then we can go to Him.


  1. Have a listening ear—God usually speaks to us as we read the Bible (John 10:4-5). You don’t have to spend a long time in the Word, but for you to hear His voice clearly, it is important to spend time in His Word often, and pray as you read. Ask God to speak to your heart: What do you want me to do today? What do I need to learn?
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Living Fit To Make Him Known (Spiritually Fit)

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At the beginning of this new year, I find myself in a place that I have been many times. This is not an uncomfortable place for me, nor do I have any fear of the future. You see, I love new years, new semesters, new challenges, new stages in life, and just about any opportunity to step back and refine my walk.  I want to live my life better than I lived it last year. I want to become even better at “Living to make Him known.”

The one thing I have learned about trying to do something better than before is that I must have a good picture of the past. In this case I need to ask two questions: 1) Am I more like Christ than I was a year ago? 2) Are those in my sphere of life coming to know Christ as Lord and Savior and/or becoming more like Christ themselves? This, I believe is the test of spiritual fitness. So my true quest for 2013 is to become more spiritually fit in order to “Live to make Him known.”

What does it mean to be spiritually fit? In John 15:8, Jesus said it is the Father’s desire that we “produce much fruit” and so prove to be His disciples.  When I think of fruit, I immediately think of Galatians 5:23-24 where the fruit of the Spirit is listed as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the marks of a mature Christian, of one who is spiritually fit. In fact, these are many of the traits that describe the character of Christ. Spiritual fitness is thus about being formed into the “likeness of Christ.” We must walk like Christ walked and actually look like Him if we want to “Live to make Him known.” Are you more like Christ than you were a year ago? Let’s get fit together. Start by memorizing the fruit of the Spirit and begin to pray that God would make these evident in your day-to-day life.

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