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We need to see ourselves as little children when we come to Jesus, when we talk to the father... and James & Robby are showing us how!
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Your chosen Truth Network podcast starting in just seconds. Enjoy share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and choosing 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, and encouraging prayer Dr. James Banks path of the best-selling product and many other books on prayer provides weekly biblical insight help you learn to mom and now James. We went on the air you told me that stupid prayer that's got a cat so just have out with it all right you don't spell it about you PID what were going to spell a little differently: SPO PID I see where this is going.
If you still ST OOP bowing when you pray right your humbling yourself. That's right.
What really got me started on this is something I read from old chambers and an excerpt from his writing never made it into my utmost for his highest. If you know that work was edited out of his previous writings as we talked about last week. He actually writes about something he calls stupid praying and there he spelled it ST you PID but just listen to this prayer to us is not practical is stupid. Until we do see that prayer is stupid.
That is stupid from the ordinary natural common sense point of view.
We will never pray chambers is describing is the way we also look at prayer like it's a last resort. We do everything we can first and then we pray. So we really got a backwards exactly we need to humble ourselves and coming to that place of dependence on God first dependence everything.
This is what he really wants of us so chamber says that our mentality too often is absurd to think that God is going to alter things in answer to prayer, but that is what Jesus says he will do and that's a direct quote from chambers and then he goes on to point out that it is a child who has prayer answered and he had this we have to be as natural as children in our relationship. Jesus, when he points to Jesus words in Matthew 1125 where he says I praise you father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children so Jesus said it pleased God to do that. And God wants us to open our minds and our hearts to him. Like children, but to do that again we have to humble ourselves and that isn't always easy to do is talk about what that looks like. I'm not talking about praying about, thinking about something else here right yes you might sum it up with the phrase little visits I was just thinking about that this morning, Frank. Here's what I mean.
We need to see ourselves as little children when we come to Jesus when we talk to the father knew you talked about that about crawling up the father's lap and I like that perspective because I'm a grandfather and I love it when my little grandson comes over and I cherish those moments with him and of course God cherishes armaments with him more than we can comprehend. So when we go to God in prayer. It's like a little visit with Abba father.
Where we get if we start with that kind of childlike dependence help so much. It also helps when we understand that God wants us to pray all the time because prayer is all about relationships of even the smallest things in our lives can be brought before him. This is simply abiding in his presence as Jesus talked about will find that kind of printing really makes a difference. You know when my wife lost her car keys. The other day and we looked all around the house after we had done on looking. It was interesting that it was in the same moment that I pray God, please help us find carries keys that I immediately walked right up to where they were.
Instead of thinking is too great to be bothered with such things.
This is like thanking God is so great that he wants us to come to him with the smallest things and bringing the small things before him more and more, and that will result in a life of ongoing prayer before and right that just about us and our needs.
You know it it's just loving God and praising him for the simplest things simple phrases beautiful simple thanks lift your heart just just like a child says I love you so freely that's what God wants of us so we really want to be stuck on stupid when we pray, no matter how you spell it.
Actually, you know you really could say that it helps to stay dependent and helpless love and praise God helps keep us from overt sin because he's always the way out when were tempted anywhere talking to him in the moment all man that helps helps us rest because were not try to control everything work were learning to trust. I recall something I read recently from Ben Patterson about frame with her son when he was small's son had lost his favorite stuffed animal and you know, of course, it was the one he slept with, no matter where they look couldn't find it so you can imagine what that time was like that was pretty traumatic Patterson. This is in the moment it needs feeling for assignment pray something like this in front of them. God, please help us to find that twice with my little boy will know that you love horses walked out of the room. He regrets that he prayed at think it will done what what would never find it. Then what is my son going to think that you don't love them or worse that you're not real but no sooner did he take another step that the thought crossed his mind that his son had a sleepover and his sleeping bag was up in the attic and maybe you should go check their and of course that's where the stuffed animal was and he was able to bring it back to us triumphantly. There was a great celebration and you know just in the simple small way he was able to point to God loves you so much he cares about little things as success by loving his child. He ended up praying like exactly and that's a good place for us to be. That's what the father Abba father. You know, childlike expression. That's where he wants us to be… Wrap up with this being simple when it comes to prayer doesn't mean you give up thinking when you pray, actually it means that you honor God by opening your mind to him much more when we open our minds to him by saying, Lord, your ways are so far beyond mine. You have access into the situation that I could never think of to ask you know it. This is another way of loving him with all her heart, mind and soul and strength. So let's pray that we can do this more and more. Thank you that we get to do this, to come to you like little children. Help us to do this more than just love you to run to you more and more, so that our little visits become longer and longer were increasingly depressed, open our hearts and minds and imaginations so that we will see what you answer and praise you all hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website James Banks.org or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina.
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