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May 23, 2020 12:00 pm
God’s Word reminds us in Hebrews 11:6 that God rewards those who diligently seek Him, and that’s a big part of what prayer is. Remember that Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” So this is part of what it means to “abide” in Him, cling to Him, “hang out” with Him even, if you will.
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We hadn't prayed so I did.
Right there allowed that moment, Lord, please help us to find these keys so what happened next.
While I was praying, an idea popped into my mind. What about account.
Have you checked your coat. I was standing right ball by the hall closet at that moment. And so in I just took a few steps, opened it up.
Sure enough, that's where they were. Now I remember. She said she that's so the moral of the story is well there are a few observations I want to talk about today help you in particular. The first is more of a question. I wonder if we would've found sooner if we had prayed sooner ringtone don't we find that in our lives so often prayed earlier because I prayed an answer came in and the second observation is about that how quickly that idea came to mind. Just as soon as I prayed. We discussed something similar recently when you talked about productivity in prayer and I believe your use illustration like this that God has this back door to your mind, and he can put the best ideas there when you least expect.
And it seems to happen more frequently when we do we think about it.
We either let God into her moments were to misappropriate a quote from an old Fleetwood Mac song you can go your own way you can call it another lonely day. That's pretty good I like that so this is just crying about your problems and it's more about learning to be with him and and really discover the benefits of that.
Good way to put it. It's not about just bless people like me, blessed me, but God's word reminds us in Hebrews 11 six that he rewards those who diligently seek him. And that's a big part of what prayer is. Remember what Jesus said, apart from me you can do nothing. So this is part of what it means to buy in him to cling to him to hang out with him just just to bring every need for him, Because you're talking about is easier than what we sometimes think I like what you said about letting God and we really can't ask for his help because he cares about the smallest details of our lot what you think about it, you know that's the very thing he tells us to pray about and the Lord's prayer, you know, our daily bread. Those are the smallest needs Jesus talked about this so often we said were worth more than sparrows.
The very hairs on our head are numbered, and this this is the beautiful thing. God is big enough to be concerned with the most intimate details of our lives. You know, I find that when I let him and more into those details.
He has a way of helping me stay closer to him so so that I want to do it right is something that Mr. Atwood got a really need your help. But it doesn't end there. Just a single nudge from him like I had that day. Standing in the hall can go such a long way toward helping us realize how much we need to do this more and more in what a practical thing prayer actually is. So James, let's talk about those notches. For a moment. I mean how do you recognize it when it came in. I mean you didn't hear an audible voice telling you go look in the closet like this is something super spiritual leader. Jesus said that his sheep know his voice and like that you start to become familiar with it. When a thought comes from him there's there's a certain freshness about it stands out a bit.
Makes me think of that cartoon illustration you sometimes see where this person gets an idea in their sort of a lightbulb or a cloud over their head. It's it's a little like that you know God's light shines in the darkness, and the best way I can explain this is the more we do it the more you go to him like this tomorrow were able to recognize his voice weak we can trust him with it and it becomes just this natural thing it's a little like riding a bike. Once you learn it.
You never forget what you mean but still, you wouldn't say this happens every time you pray about something like lost keys which no no I'm definitely not an and I wouldn't want to give people that impression that you noticed every time there. They are glad to hear I'm really fallen down on the job here somehow.
The funny thing is a lot over year ago and I still haven't found about it but I prayed about many times and I was praying about that. Just the other day with my wife keys like Lord, why did I find my wife you so quickly, but I still can't find my own set and as soon as I said that I had yet another idea about where that long-lost might be actually somewhere up in New Jersey I have to follow and I want you to tell me it plays out. Now that would be like to cool it would be but that's just it, that that's the kind of thing God does so often, when we let him in their ideas that never occurred to us before, and we really want a front row seat to what only he can do so we have to keep asking thanks James so well wrap up this by praying that way. So Jesus, thank you for this insight today and we did long to hear your voice and and we also just long for the Holy Spirit to not just so that will know to pray when the next time something like this happens really gives is really an opportunity to engage my relationship with help us to be nudged and help us to hear.
Thank you so much that we know you're always there. Jesus name I pray, hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website. James bank.org or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you. Pray