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Making Prayer Intentional

Zeb Johnson, one of our teenagers in Fusion, said something Sunday that continues to resonate in my mind this week: “How can we grow stronger in our faith if we never talk to the God we serve?”

I remember when I first met Natasha, I couldn’t get enough of her.  We would stay up hours on the phone just listening to each other’s voices, all the while falling more and more in love, as we learned more and more about each other.

Thankfully over the years, our relationship has continued to grow, not by accident mind you.  We have been extremely intentional about our time together, our open dialogue with each other, and as a result, our love for one another has grown.

Remember when you first met Jesus Christ?  Remember when you couldn’t get enough of Him, His grace, His forgiveness, His mercy, His glory, His presence?

Has that feeling grown, or is it a distant memory?


Are you being intentional about your time with the Father?  Are you continuing in open dialogue with the Holy Spirit?  Is your love for your Savior growing as a result of your time with Him?

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)

The command is simple and the reward is sweet… Come.  Quit trying to ease your own burdens!  Quit trying carry your yoke!  His burden is light and His yoke is easy, but we must come to Him to receive it.

What steps are you taking this week to be intentional, or disciplined, about spending time with Jesus?  What changes could you make in your life this week in order to grow in your relationship with your Father?  Share in the comments!

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I am the Lead Pastor at Southern Hills Christian Church. I strive everyday to kill the old me and live by the Spirit. I enjoy spending time with my family...especially my amazing wife Natasha.

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