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January 2, 2021 1:00 am
On the FIRST Encouraging Prayer of 2021, James & Robby talk about one particular New Year's resolution: to pray more. How do we do this AND be consistent with it? James and Robby challenge you to change how you view prayer.
Hello this is Willa Hardy with man talk radio. We all about breaking down the walls of race and denomination your chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few minutes. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening to the truth. Podcast network. This is good 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 physical insight help you learn to love and now we are looking at your were going to talk about resolutions or at least one in particular but this at this program start talking about the resolutions we made last year so James you start your mother. My dad. The light I'm afraid of my mother's so far, far did you get with that resolution actually say why take so much time to break a habit talking way past that number happened. It happened again before I knew it I was back in my old way so I'm speaking with the late James Banks solution) are you having to talk about your careful when you make a resolution to pray more and by the way, you may be one of those folks who doesn't make New Year's resolutions, but we still do make goals for ourselves all the time so here's the thing we see prayer is just one more thing to do and have a hard time with this prayer was never meant to be something that we check off our list. In this we did resolve to do it, and succeeded in wow as I've experienced. Mike almost every day we can start to get perfect ourselves, for you know that's not good. Still like you were saying we we need to pray more, so we often stay start just feeling guilty about it. So what's the way out of that James will have to make will like to go straight to Jesus and asked for his help we can start by admitting anything without him asking, home just so instead of pushing so hard. We need to lean more as we link this helps us listen and be quiet. It also helps us to be less willful were always pushing making an effort we find ourselves quite naturally insisting on writing like Jesus and sending you not mine relieving to him were surrendering ourselves not not pushing so hard and the cool thing about that is that you will make this easier for us because we are truly aware of his presence right there and he has a way of helping us want what he wants to talk about here is really letting him yell at you but again it's not all about our we will try and fail and try to fill again but no and the beautiful thing is he will pick us up again and again, this shows us that prayer is just about that pushy about talking all the time.
This is the thing we keep coming back to moniker to critique it really is about relationship seems so simple but revolutionary thing to realize that Jesus is always just promised say that the growing into, as we that will help us really just think about those areas where were tempted to think of Jesus being with us what to do what we want to do. But if we realize that we really, is that it makes our choices. In that moment all the more clear we were either going to worship him and put him first or turn away exactly that is so important.
Tempted to just call on him and this brings up a great point. Learning to lean into Jesus. Sometimes it is hard to: learning to lean into him isn't always about resting. We might like to knowledge about leaving and sounds kind of easy but as we spend time just being with will find that often. He gives us something to do a quick CS Lewis said I'm often praying for others when I should be doing things for them. It's so much easier to pray for the poor and to go and see him.
But, that's right. It is amazing the things it can come to mind as we pray things God puts on our hearts and we really can learn to discern his voice and all those things as this was doing and sometimes that work is more prayer. What again the pushing alone wills but genuinely caring for others and giving ourselves as we pray for them. Oswald Sanders pointed out that when Joshua was fighting the Amalekites and Moses was preformed with his arms lifted up. He said it was Moses who retired, not Joshua.
That's interesting and for this explained the inactivity of prayer on the hill provided to be a greater test of spiritual stamina, and fighting in the so don't just do something stamina exactly what we have to do deeper as we lean into him focus more pray harder and as the Lord leads, leaning into him won't make us more self focused. It will be exactly the opposite you give ourselves and he leads us to caring for others in and through this he empowers us to live with you so not resolving to pray more just running to Jesus and putting ourselves at his feet. There's no better place to be in the new year or think about Mary. Jesus said shows what is better when she put herself there absolutely will close with a prayer that we can do just Jesus, I'm so grateful for this insight and and I pray that we could be really honest with you and share where were really in our struggles and that that we would lean into you so that we would sense what it would be that would please you in the coming year as far as our part time and really struggling.
I pray that you give that opportunity is not some kind so that we can begin to lean pray for your spirit to guide us through that and so grateful for James this message is to 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