How to Pray from Your Heart

At times, we may feel that we have to impress God when we pray. We remember the eloquent, graceful prayers we’ve heard others pray, and we try to imitate them. “After all, I want God to answer my prayers. I’d better make sure they’re just right,” we think. 

However, trying to be more acceptable to God with our prayers is not only unnecessary. It’s also harmful to our understanding of God. He is not a Teacher handing out grades. He is a Father listening to His beloved children.

If you have a personal relationship with Christ, God loves to hear your prayers. (Join us at our church in Sydney Mines  to learn how to start a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.) 

However, God doesn’t want you to try to impress Him with your prayers. He wants you to pray humbly, honestly, and confidently.

Here are 4 tips to help you pray from your heart.

 


Jesus: The Anchor of Our Soul

The Word of God is filled with rich symbols and imagery. God inspired His scribes to illuminate spiritual truths by comparing them to material objects. In Hebrews 6, the author creates a simile to describe our Hope.

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” (Hebrews 6:19a)

Who is our only Hope in this world? Jesus Christ is our Hope and the Anchor of our soul! 

In what ways is Jesus an Anchor to His people?


The Heart of a Servant-Leader

What is a servant-leader? Jesus taught the concept of servant leadership in Matthew 20:25-28.

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

If you want to play a significant role in the kingdom of God, you must first be a servant. Servanthood is the gateway through which every great leader has passed. Jesus demonstrates to us what authentic servant-leadership looks like. How can we follow in His footsteps and be true servant-leaders? Here are 3 essential choices to make. 

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