The Place of Prayer

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But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6 ESV

All of Life Comes Together

The place of prayer is where all of life comes together. It is where we see ourselves as we really are. All the pretense is stripped away. It is also the place where we see God as He is. In prayer the glory of His splendor is perceived like nowhere else. It is in prayer that we begin to see our circumstances in the light of absolute reality. Everything becomes clear when we enter in and truly pray.

Why Do We Hesitate?

So why do we hesitate to enter the place of prayer? One reason is largely because prayer has a feeling of being unreal. We don’t feel like we are doing anything. In a world where it is demanded that we produce, that’s huge! We also have our pride to overcome. From the beginning man has always balked at admitting how dependent on the Lord He really is. We like to think we can handle things on our own.

To Those Who Know

To those who know what prayer truly is, however, it is the most real thing in the world. It is the place where they get in touch with reality rather than escaping from it. Prayer is also the home of the humble. They will be the ones who continually see the Lord acting on their behalf. They will have a continual testimony of the reality and greatness of their God.

Run to It

 Instead of running away from prayer, we need to run to it. Those who abide in the place of prayer are those who get a good taste of what it is like living in the Reign.
 
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Just So We Know

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It has been said many times by many people that love has to look like something.  Very true.  The problem we have is that love looks different to each individual person.  To me love may look like someone bringing me coffee and a plate of cookies.  To you love may look like a long walk with your significant other, or like playing with your grandkids.  See what I mean?  The question we really need to ask is, “What does love look like from God’s standpoint?”  Fortunately He has painted us a picture just so we know.

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What Do We See?

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Jesus Christ came into the world making the incredible statement that He was the Light of the world (John 8:12).  The primary definition of light is “something that makes vision possible.”  By that definition, the coming of Christ enables us to see as we have never seen before.  The question is, what does He enable us to see?

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Walking in the Dark

Walking along a well lit street at night probably does not cause much of a concern.  Sure, there are shadows lurking everywhere, but the light from the street lamps and yard lights provide a sense of comfort and security.  Now, think about walking down an unlit country lane in the dead of night under an overcast sky.  It’s hard to see your hand in front of your face.  You could trip and fall over almost anything.  Every sound causes the hair on the back of your neck to rise.  This is very similar to the way it is when we are spiritually walking in the dark.

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Man in the Darkness

Darkness is the story of mankind without God.  From the Garden of Eden to this present throbbing moment, those who walk apart from God cannot process life correctly.   In the darkness, that which is beautiful can look horrid.  In the same way, that which is ugly can actually look attractive.  By walking in spiritual darkness we are placed in a danger that cannot be calculated, and dare not be underestimated.

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