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A Way To Think About Prayer That Might Help

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks
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June 8, 2024 12:00 pm

A Way To Think About Prayer That Might Help

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks

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June 8, 2024 12:00 pm

In this episode of Encouraging Prayer, James Banks and Robby Dilmore, discuss a way to think about prayer that may help you. 

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Share it. But most of all, thank you for listening to the Truth Podcast Network. So today we want to talk about a way to think about prayer that might help. You know, summer's just around the corner, and we're already in June.

The weather's getting hotter, and that can provide us with a new perspective. So, James, take it away. Well, one night some years back during the summer, we were at a prayer meeting at peace, and it was a hot night, and one of our members, Bob, prayed, God, thank you for Mr. Carrier. It took a moment to sink in, but then it caught on. He was talking about Willis H. Carrier, who was the inventor of air conditioning. I love it. It really is an awesome invention, especially with the sweltering weather we can have here in the South.

So tell us more. Okay, well, we all notice how good it feels to come into a cool, air-conditioned house or a car on a hot day, and we can use that to help us think about what it means to stay close to God and what it means to pray. You know, not in the sense of those church signs you see during the summer that give us a warning like, so you think it's hot here, you know, but we're in a positive way helping us recognize how sweet it is to be near him. Oh, I get it, and one of the things I love about our Encouraging Prayer broadcasts is that we get to talk about how it is just to, you know, be with God in practical ways, you know, not through methods, but just, you know, through ideas like this.

Yeah, and I think this is really one of those ideas that we can wrap our heads around. It's, you know, a little reminder, like a string you can tie around your finger, but when you come into a cool place, you know, when you've been out in the heat, let that make you think about Jesus' presence, about living in God's presence, because there's a sweetness to being with him. Not that we can feel it all the time, our faith isn't about feeling, you know, but we've all known that sweetness.

Think about a time, Robby, just even recently when you've encountered that, and, you know, tell us about it. Oh, I got, you know, I've had the neatest one this week as I was teaching on the book of Ruth in our Bible time on Wednesday nights, and as I studied that last week, you know, there's the part where Ruth climbs up at his feet in a very, you know, she's in a really difficult place, a very risky thing, asking Boaz to be the kinsman redeemer, and she asks him to cover her with the skirt of, you know, his garment there. And the idea of that is, you know, just like we go to the foot of the cross, and we ask for Jesus' blood to cover us, or I covered our nakedness, and she was obviously exposed, and here we are terribly exposed in our nakedness, and so as I did that, you know, I started to get the idea that, hey, when I laid down in bed that next night, I went, Jesus, would you cover me with your skirt, you know, and I kind of pulled my covers up over my head, and, you know, me and Jesus, we kind of had a little tent party right there. And it was so comfy.

The skirt language, is that the King James Version? We just had, it was such a precious time, and I've done it every time since, and it's my newest thing that I just love. And that's kind of the same sort of thing, you know, whether it's under the warmth of a blanket, or, you know, of course, you know, a warm house on a cool day, but in this instance, we're talking about, you know, a cool house on a hot day. And the beautiful thing is, we can learn to live there more and more. That's what this is all about. It all comes back to what Jesus was saying in John 15 about, I'm the vine, you're the branches, if you abide in me so that this is all about abiding, you'll bear much fruit. Right, I mean, that's all about drawing life from him.

I mean, with life we really wouldn't otherwise have, and that's where he's going with the whole, you know, vine analogy. Yeah, yeah, and the fruit he's talking about, it brings us right back to the Holy Spirit, because, you know, we know from the way he talks about love and joy in that same passage, you know, like as the Father has loved me, so I've loved you, now remain in my love. And then just a verse later, he says, I've told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. Right there are the first two fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5 22, love and joy. Yeah, and if you think about it, you know, this isn't a sensationalistic thing or a mystical thing, it's really just a normal part of life with Jesus.

I mean, we were really meant for this. Yeah, and it affects everything we do, because this is how we draw life from him by just staying close, being thoughtful of him, loving him, loving others. And that's also what keeps us walking in the direction we need to be, because if we're being sincere, you know, we're not going to want to go down roads that are going to draw us away or cause distance in that relationship. So if you go back to the analogy of air conditioning, as soon as you step away from that cool place, you know, that sweetness that you recognize, you know something's changed, and you want to get back to where you were.

Yeah, I mean, that is really a helpful analogy, and I think we could all use that this summer, right? Yeah, well, again, you see this all over Scripture. Think about David writes in Psalm 27, when, you know, he says, one thing I ask, you know, this only do I seek that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze on the beauty of the Lord. And so he's talking about being in his presence, because that's before the temple is even built. He just wants to be near him. Or, you know, you think about Psalm 90, which says, Lord, you've been our dwelling place throughout all generations, or Psalm 91, which says, whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. So this is all about just, you know, getting close to him and staying there and recognizing there's no better place to be.

Yeah, even Adam, right? He walked with God in the cool of the day. As I was thinking about it, I was like, yeah, that, you know, that idea of walking with God and also just being refreshed, right? Yeah, yeah.

And that refreshing part is huge. Now, just go back to what Augustine said, our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Well, this would be a good place to pray. And, Jesus, thank you so much for James's and for Bob's idea about Mr. Carrier as the refreshment that we need so often.

Lord, thank you for that neat analogy and actually the chance to walk with you in the cool of the day. And, Lord, I pray that that would wept all our appetites to try to find new ways to do that, stay more connected to you, to grow more in you so that we could all bear much fruit. Again, I thank you for James's heart for this. We pray all this in Jesus' name. Amen? Amen. You can hear more from Pastor James by visiting his website, jamesbanks.org, or by visiting Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you as you pray. This is the Truth Network.
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