So close to the beginning of the school year, I got involved with Ignite. Ignite is pretty much like my old high school youth group, on steroids. There are so many college students that go there to worship the Lord, and it’s truly amazing to be a part of it. The sermons are always great and usually really getting me thinking about my own life. Tonight’s sermon really got me thinking though, a lot more than the past. Tonight we covered Matthew 6:5-13. This chapter is about prayer, and the importance of it. Quality communication is what sparks deep relationships with other people and even the Lord. If we set quality time for prayer everyday at some point, we are going to have a much deeper relationship with God than the person who doesn’t have that time set aside. There are a lot of things that keep us from approaching God, and one of the biggest factors is fear. We are scared that God won’t accept us for who we are, or because of something that we have done, that we are not particularly proud of. One of my favorite verses from this chapter tonight is “And your Father sees in secret” we pray in secret from other people, but we are never hidden from God. He sees everything, and hears every cry, prayer, and thanksgiving. Prayer is ultimately an offering of bringing our whole selves to God because we are His. God is Father, most people have or have had an earthly father in their lives, who is supposed to be an example of our Father in Heaven. Since my dad has passed, I have both of my Fathers in Heaven. I watched my dad live his life to the fullest on earth, and that is what I have to follow. I consider myself blessed beyond measure for having him for 13 years. God is ultimately a father to the fatherless.
Two of our greatest spiritual needs are provision and forgiveness. Provision is what we need to ask the Father. There are many things we could ask Him each day, but what I really focused on tonight was *God make me content where I am today* I am not always content where I am in this very moment in time, but it is something I am willing to work on, for the sake of my faith, and my sanity. Our second need is forgiveness. Forgiveness is focused on being honest about who we are and what we have done. We have all done something that we believe is out of the realm of Gods forgiveness, but in all honesty, there is nothing we could do that God would not forgive. He died to forgive us for our sins. We just have to be strong enough to go to Him and lay it all down.
Most importantly remember to value God more than anything else. Ask Him to lead you away from the places you won’t treasure him.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” -Matthew 5:6