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Dear GracePoint Family,

As we continue through our church focus on prayer, I think it is important to confess that from time to time we all struggle with some aspect of prayer. It might be a struggle with motivation, attentiveness, our attitude or even our confusion of what and how to communicate to God. 

In his book, A Praying Life, Paul Miller suggests several rather revealing prayer-observations that grabbed my attention. Let me share two of them.

1)     A lack of prayer in my life isn’t so much a problem of faith or motivation, but rather is likely due to a selfish confidence that I don’t really need God that much right now. That attitude is called idolatry and the only way out of that is not more self-discipline, but repentance and acknowledging dependence on Him.

2)     The Biblical purpose of prayer should be more about getting closer to God than getting answers to my requests. By spending more time in prayer relating to who God is, we actually make our prayer time more productive. Think of it like this; when I go out to coffee with someone, I may give the barista my list for the coffee I want to drink, but I actually build a closer connection with the person I am talking to over that cup of coffee. God is not my heavenly barista, He’s the Creator and Lord with whom I want to have a closer connection.  

I would encourage you to join me this coming week in the bold adventure of repenting from prayerlessness and then engaging regular conversations with Him as our Loving Lord rather than someone merely “taking our order”. God is, after all, planning to fill me with His presence for the sake of His glorious purposes.
 
I pray that out of His glorious riches, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:16-19).
 
Pastor Perry Kallis
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