Friday, October 1, 2010

Showers of Kindness

I love how the study, Live a Praying Life, makes us think deeply about what prayer really is. There are misconceptions that we all have about prayer ... misconceptions that we don't even realize that we have, until God's Spirit convicts us of Truth. This study so clearly brings out some of the Truths about prayer that we could otherwise miss.

One misconception that the author, Jennifer Kennedy Dean, brought out in today's homework, is that we sometimes find ourselves believing that we have to "pry riches out of God's reluctant hands". God does not have to be "convinced to let go of His blessings". Don't we often pray that way, trying to use the right words, and holding up God's promises to Him as we pray, seeking to remind Him and convince Him of what He has promised to do? Like He is very reluctant to do what He has promised?

But as we live a praying life, keeping company with Him all through our day, making our relationship with Him the top priority of our day, we begin to experience what prayer really is. We begin to experience all that He longs to do. We become part of what He longs to do in our lives and in the lives of others. We begin to experience the "showers of kindness" that He longs to bring to us and to others.

"He is so rich in kindness and grace,
that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son,
and forgave our sins.
He has showered His kindness on us,
along with all wisdom and understanding."
Ephesians 1: 7-8

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