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June 18, 2022 12:00 pm
In this installment of Encouraging Prayer, James and Robby discuss how Christians can at times lose faith in God and begin to put worry and fear ahead of their faith.
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Hello this is Matt slick from the match look like podcast right defend the Christian faith and lay out our foundation of the truth of God's word are chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few seconds. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network encouraging prayer, God offers an open invitation for his people to talk with him at any time about anything encouraging prayer Dr. James Banks, author of the best-selling and many other books on prayer provides weekly for insight help you learn to mom and now one of the greatest challenges we face as Christians is the temptation to compartmentalize our lives mean we don't mean for it to happen, but sometimes we can struggle to make our faith. Practice: not only bring it to church but also bring it home and work and really everywhere else in the plane ride James in between occult driving in the car transporting a group from the church in person in front of us was was looking at their cell phone when the light turned and waited a moment, but it got a little longer and I got a little impatient. I think it might come on and I could tell by the look of the kids faces that he was surprised by that I mean look at how pastors respond.
I realized I have some work to do. Love is patient, love the sky I sometimes were not as holy as Lisa will have work to do and if we think we men were really in trouble. So James, let's talk about prayer and how much it matters for bridging the gaps between Sunday and Monday like through Friday and one thing we talk about will encourage a greater importance of staying in the moment with God and we need to get used to doing that letting God into the most reading stuff because it does so much for our relationship with him.
When we do that when we keep them close calls us closer still don't want to miss that your tell me earlier that your wife scary. Have a great example of that. Just last week, so this is what happened. I was out of town for a couple of days on study leave so she was taking care of think Kerry loves animals she breathes lab or doodle dog got up that morning for over an hour with the help of the neighbors she finally found them, but that afternoon it happened again run for even longer.
Two hours and can be a pretty busy place right so should she stuff to pray about it but only after she had walked for miles and got it reminded her of a time when our daughter was a runaway and we tried everything to find her and she thought about what God had told us that that was sent south of be still and she she sensed again that God was telling. Be still. Be still and know that came to mind. Those first person she really since the spirit that he was telling her this. So she stopped everything she calm down. She began to pray and assume that she did she got a picture in her mind of a neighborhood away away from ours. She got in the car and headed over there and just as she turned the corner to go into that neighborhood. She saw the dog starting to cross a busy 4 Lane Rd. and she pulled over her car and put on the blinkers and got them home and did well, but it could've ended very differently. So after she stopped and prayed for a 60 God showed her where they were. That's phenomenal. Yeah, yeah, right. And by the way, while all this was going on. I needed to come back home for my study leave. Not only that night. The sense without a strong country that are damaged but but again just just look at how practical this is it makes you wonder how many times in the day does God want to help us.
It will only lead a man. I mean he's just standing there saying you know I would love to show you what you need to do if you just ask great questions asked of us.
Also a lot more than just answers after in the moment is what Kerry really needed that moment with Scott Kolmar. You know, so that she could notice presence was with her, no matter what I say is what you will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is steadfast because of the state of first Jesus asleep in the boat during the storm. The disciples are wake up where the ground but Jesus do that if you didn't trust God to take care of his mind is stayed on God's recent rest lived in constant communication with the father and this is what we need to discover as well. We need to learn to be more and more in God's presence like Jesus was like you were saying earlier.
It's about more than requests or answers. It's about having a relationship. So let's talk some ways we can pray to encourage that kind of relational awesome yeah I love David's prayer in Psalm 10 I love you Lord, my strength. If we get the habit of praying that meeting got. We love them several times a day.
You can really make a difference for knowing, but actually feeling that God is near the great prayer.
I pray sometimes just help that is a great prayer were in trouble, but learning to pray more and more, no matter what problem you're facing. Or it may not be a problem at all, may just be whatever you're doing. Some of praying things like what do you want me to do today reminder that were God's servants think of Saul my I think it Psalm 123 talk about the eyes of the servant looking to the hand of the one she serving because we been talking about dogs. Martin Luther set the table, they noticed how the dog was watching his every move, every time hand went to his mouth dog eyes were on Luther said if only I could attend this we need right because we let got in right things get really interesting. He is a rewarder of those who seek him. We need to do that work on that diligent part. I know I need to and and good things will come because of it.
We do our time is coming close on the mascot for help. Just like really all of us. So Jesus, thank you for that picture I just can't get that picture out of my mind at the dog. Looking at our every move. Lord help us to be that attentive that we can see where you're at in our daily lives and that we would get that sense of where you are in a situation so that we can actually only help us, help us, and we ask this in Jesus hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website James Banks.org or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you to pray. This is the Truth Network