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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LV Times faith column: Prayer the path to communicating with God

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  • Let me share some thoughts about talking with God.
    Let us start by looking at Jesus Christ when he prayed to his Heavenly Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.
    "And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:41,42.
    First, Jesus got to a place where he was by himself.
    Then, he positioned himself in a humble manner by kneeling. Kneeling is fine, but I think our Heavenly Father is more interested in a humble position of our heart than our body.
    Jesus begins his prayer by addressing his Father. Jesus taught his disciples to start a prayer in the same way in Luke 11:1,2.
    "And He said unto them, when you pray, say, 'Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.'"
    Jesus prays for a particular request. Jesus was willing to accept whatever his Father's answer was to his prayer. He wanted the cup of sacrifice removed only if it was the Father's will.
    Let us look at First Peter 5:6,7.
    In verse six, Peter teaches us to "humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God." Verse seven says "casting all your care upon Him."
    What Peter is saying here is that God is interested in every problem and every need that we may have.
    We can, with great confidence, cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us. He cares for you.
    Did you know God never intended for us to worry about anything?
    In Philippians 4:6, the Word of God says, "Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
    God is waiting to hear from us through our prayers. Let us not keep him waiting.

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