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Growing through Praying
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
August 21, 2023

Much prayer much power, little prayer little power, no prayer no power.”

Prayer is a cornerstone of our Christian faith. Prayer does not change God, but it changes our relationship with Him. Prayer serves as a conduit for receiving His grace and understanding the gospel. To grow spiritually, we must nurture our prayer life, extending beyond saying grace at meals or seeking guidance during trying times.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 

Understanding and practicing prayer in accordance with biblical teachings is crucial. We should learn from the disciples of Jesus Christ and ask the Lord to teach us how to grow in prayer.

1. Prayer requires Seeking
Prayer beckons us to approach God with an attitude of “seeking” – we humbly come before the sovereign Lord of the universe and await His bountiful mercy. “Seeking” also represents the yearning and acknowledgment of our dependence on God. A genuine connection with Him through prayer has the potential to transform lives. It also offers glimpses of His magnificence, power, righteousness, and love, which juxtapose human frailty and shortcomings. Such revelations instill a reverence for God and a motivation to discern His purpose for us.
2. Prayer requires Connecting
Prayer invites us to build an intimate relationship with God. Prayer emphasizes a deepening knowledge of God, calling for dedication and sacrifices to be in His presence. God longs to meet us in our prayer, desiring to speak to us and listen to us. God does not only seek and save the lost, but He also seeks those who do not seek Him in their prayers.
3. Prayer requires Growing
Prayer calls for a commitment to personal growth. This commitment kindles an inner flame in us, propelling continuous spiritual growth and infusing life with purpose. Growth demands diligence, patience, reflection, persistence, and unwavering faith. Meditating Bible verses is a discipline involving bible reading and praying, it draws us closer to God, shaping and renewing us, and fostering continuous growth.
Reflect on this adage about prayer: “Much prayer much power, little prayer little power, no prayer no power.”
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, how is your daily prayer life? Do you have power in your life?

By Ps Rebecca Kwok