There is only one relationship that is completely loving and ongoing, and for which we were created. Without that relationship there will always be a deep sense of loneliness and a lack of ultimate meaning and purpose.
At the heart of the Christian faith is this relationship with God where we find what we are living for.
How can you and I have a relationship with the Creator of the universe? How in practice can we begin to communicate with God? What is the basis of this relationship?
Prayer is a key way to develop a relationship with God by speaking with him. There is no set way to do this. There are hundreds of different prayers in the Bible. Sometimes, it is helpful to follow a pattern (such as the Lord’s Prayer). Another pattern that I have found helpful is using the mnemonic ‘ACTS’. These elements are often found in the prayers we see in Scripture.
David’s prayer to God includes the following:
Lord I adore you:
‘Praise be to the Lord’ (v.6); even in the midst of a difficult situation, David chose to praise God. Whatever the circumstances, praise God for who he is and what he has done.
‘Hear my cry for mercy’ (Psalm 28:2); ask God’s forgiveness for anything that you have done wrong. This is also a moment to forgive anyone you need to forgive. As Jesus says in today’s New Testament passage, ‘When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins’ (Mark 11:25).
Hands raised in worship is not a modern idea; it is actually one of the most ancient forms of prayer. Rekindle your relationship with your maker, tomorrow may be too late. There is no repentance in the grave.
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