Friday, June 24, 2016

Four Keys To Effective Prayer -- Part 2

KEY #2: Confession

(Based on Nehemiah 1, and an article by Pastor Rick Warren)

"Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them … I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’” (Nehemiah 1:8-9 NLT)

As it turns out--Monday will NOT work for me :-)  Wow---have you ever had "one of those summers?"  Anyway--I'm excited to share the second key to effective prayer with you TODAY!

  Key 1: Base Your Prayer On God's Character!
Key 2:  Confess the sins of which you’re aware.

After Nehemiah bases his prayer on who God is, he confesses his sins. He says, “I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us” (Nehemiah 1:6b-7 NLT). 

Israel was not in exile becauseo of Nehemiah's sin.  He wasn’t even born when that happened; he was most likely born in captivity. Yet humbly confesses His own sin and brokenness before God.

James writes, "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." (James 4:6)  A major key to approaching God--in prayer or in any other way--is HUMILITY.  God is so full of compassion and grace and desire to work good in our lives---but not in proud, self-rightesous, unconfessing, hearts.

So come to him in open, transparent humility--confessing your need / thankfulness for the cross of calvary and the grace that so freely flows from it to all who put their hope in Jesus!  God's ear bends to listen to hearts like that!

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