One of the most remarkable things about the Gospel is that, through the sacrifice
of Jesus on the Cross, an intimate relationship with God is now possible.
Read Philippians 3:10-14
Paul’s defining passion was to know him. This is what Paul declared he was
pressing on to take a hold of. Has this also become your defining passion?
One of the marks of Christian growth is to progress from a needs-oriented approach
to God to an intimacy-oriented approach to him. . And we often approach God in
the same way. He is a contact on our list of to do’s for the day.
But prayer is so much more than just coming before God with a shopping list of
requests. To be sure, God invites us to ask in prayer (Matthew 7:7), but just a few
verses prior to this, Jesus tells us to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).
In your devotional time with the Lord this morning, try out a combination of
these intimacy-oriented activities before you begin praying for specific needs.
1 Worship the Lord with one of your favorite songs.
2 Talk to the Lord about how much you love him.
3 Thank him for what he has done for you.
Now you’re ready to talk to the Lord about specific needs. Remember, in your
times with the Lord, prioritize what he wants before what you want.

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