What God Wants for You!

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Do you know what God wants most for you? He wants you to know his Son, Jesus, whom He sent to be your Savior and Lord, and to live in such a close, intimate relationship with Him that “He lives in you and you live in Him,” and “you are one with Him as He and the Father are one.”  So that we might truly have this relationship with our Lord, He has given us the gift of prayer.  We can be in conversation with God anytime, anywhere; He is always available, 24/7!

Do we really take advantage of this awesome opportunity God gives us to stay in communication with Him? Mark Vander Tuig, the Service Coordinator for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, says, “I believe that the church will never rise up until it first gets to its knees. Prayer has been a cornerstone of LCMC since day one.” LCMC has established an Annual Three Days of Prayer, this year, on January 5, 6, and 7. The first day is for Confession, the second day is for Petitions and Intercessions, and the third day is for Direction and Seeking God’s Will. If everyone in our congregation set aside just one hour on each of these days along with everyone in all 800 plus LCMC congregations, imagine how pleased God would be!

God has promised to hear every prayer we offer, and He answers every single one. When God does not answer our prayer the way we want or expect Him to, we could get discouraged and give up, or even get angry at God. That’s when trust and faith need to kick in and sustain us in the knowledge that “for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28) It’s not easy to believe that things are working for our good, when it’s pretty obvious to us that things are not good! But in the preceding verse St. Paul writes, “The Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

It is God’s Holy Spirit who gives us whatever it takes to pray and to trust God. It is God’s Holy Spirit who works in us, and through our prayers, draws us into a stronger relationship with God. It is God’s Holy Spirit who makes us believers and gives us all the power we need to pray, and even prays for us when we don’t know what to say. By praying, then, we can never lose heart!

Consider making prayer a priority in the New Year ahead of us. Pray more often and more fervently than you have been praying. God will hear, and God will answer. Your relationship and Peace Lutheran’s relationship with God will grow and prosper, and 2016 will be our best year yet! “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Pastor Kurt Wandrey